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Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

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Address: 145 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5H 4G1, Canada
Phone Number: 416-363-8231
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Canada's first purpose-built opera house was completed in 2006 and is the...

Canada's first purpose-built opera house was completed in 2006 and is the home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. Highlights of the Four Seasons Centre include the world's longest freespan glass staircase and a horseshoe-shaped, European style auditorium featuring phenomenal advancements in modern engineering and acoustical design. Facility tours are available. For upcoming opera and ballet performances, visit the Canadian Opera Company and The National Ballet of Canada websites.

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Amazing Acoustics, Outstanding Opera

This modern theater maintains the essence of all opera houses: the lobby has plenty of balconies overlooking the common areas to people-watch other opera-goers. Underneath fogged... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This modern theater maintains the essence of all opera houses: the lobby has plenty of balconies overlooking the common areas to people-watch other opera-goers. Underneath fogged glass staircases are plenty of bars serving wine and refreshments, plus large windows to watch the city. Inside the U-shaped theater, the acoustics are incredible. Even though it seats 2,000+ people, the theater feels... More 

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Bowmanville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

The seating is wonderful - no matter where you sit. The wood is gorgeous! Such a unique plan. Great for the ballet and opera to have a home. Toronto theatre goers are fortunate. I love the pre-talks, informing the audience about the production.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

Although this centre has been open for several years, on every visit I marvel at its wonderful acoustic, contemporary design and comfortable seats. The Canadian Opera Company continues to gain stature and does not mount only the old chestnuts. An important part of Toronto's cultural scene.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

I saw a musical here in the concert hall.. it's the best experience I ever had, the sound was almost perfect like from a CD. even it's a musical.. i can expect the opera or concert would be even better. I love the design of build.. it's a world class concert hall for sure. they do have rush tickets for... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

This building is truly beautiful! It is somewhat unprepossing when viewed from Queen Street but is stunning once inside. Light coloured wood stairs, glass stairs and the floor to ceiling glass facing University Avenue make a visually pleasing interior. I find the chairs on the balconies an odd choice. They are typical of those found in libraries or doctors waiting... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

My wife and I attended performances of The Marriage of Figaro and Siegfried over the weekend. Although one can cavil at aspects of each production, the singers in each were very good to excellent, and Johannes Debus did great work in conducting both operas. Particularly high praise goes to Russell Braun as Count Almaviva, and Stefan Vinke as Siegfried, but... More 

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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

This is a stunning building with wonderful acoustics to hear the fabulous music and singing of the Canadian Opera Company. We have been season ticket holders for the past 10 years and look forward to every performance. The staff is so helpful, not only at the performances but when dealing with them in the box office. We occasionally have to... More 

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Welland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

What a wonderful and fantastic performance from the ballet dancers doing the Nutcracker. I was six rows down from the stage and it was so Magical to see this for the first time here in Toronto. Everyone should attend this and you will have a great time watching. A young couple who I saw bring Twin boys had suits on... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This really is an amazing facility Toronto can be proud. The acoustics in the main audtiorium were superior. And lovely clean achtecture which houses opera; ballet and periodically musicals. You can buy tickets direct from the theatre which I would recommend rather than commerical websites which charge almost twice the amount. Me and my family had amazing seats in the... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We loved the Nutcracker Ballet.. The venue is great, easy in and out.. We had great seats but i have a feeling that anywhere you'd sit, it would be great.. The Nutcracker Ballet was spectacular!!!

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