Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.
The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. It is the first building of its kind in Canada, built specifically for opera and ballet performances with the finest level of acoustics. The contemporary expression of a traditional horseshoe-shaped auditorium provides unparalleled intimacy between the audience and the stage with every seat computer-tested for the best possible sightlines.
Full, rear and side stages, along with generous dressing rooms and wardrobe storage allow 3 complete productions to play in repertory. A large, flexible orchestra pit allows for the presentation of the full range of operatic repertoire.
The main feature of the centre includes the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (100 seated on tiers, 54 on loose chairs and standing room along the walkways), R. Fraser Elliott Hall (2,070-seat 5-tiered, European horseshoe-shaped auditorium), Rehearsal Hall and Backstage. The centre is the permanent home of the Canadian Opera Company and the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.