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“Gorgeous venue & awesome seating!”

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Ranked #69 of 505 things to do in Toronto
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Owner description: 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.
Toronto, Canada
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“Gorgeous venue & awesome seating!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

I recently went to go see Cinderella, the ballet in June. I have to say it was a wonderful experience! We sat in the middle orchestra, row H and it was perfect! The seats were very large, much more comfortable than the Royal Alexandria.

The people watching at intermission in the lobby and concession area was really fun, and the backdrop of the staircase design and warm wood tones meant we spent the entire intermission just looking around.

I would recommend pre-paying before the show for your intermission drinks, because you can easily and quickly pick them up at intermission from a special area and avoid the crush of people and the long line.

Also the one vertical level up from orchestra (sorry not sure what it is called) looked like it had actual detached armchairs, in sets of two, and this is absolutely where I would try and get seats next time! They seemed quite private in comparison to the auditorium style seats everywhere else.

All in all, a very gorgeous venue, lots of design eye candy, good people watching and very very comfortable seats!

Visited June 2014
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Burlington, Canada
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“Spectacular Venue”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

I spent Saturday afternoon attending the Opera Un Ballo Masqureo (A Masked Ball) at the Four Seasons Center in Toronto. This is one of the three times that I have been to this facility, the other two were for the Nutcracker Ballet and a dress rehearsal of The Barber of Sevillie.

This facility is absolutely beautiful with many windows to allow in natural light and wooden accents along with marble flooring and steps. The auditorium is also accented with warm light coloured wood and very comfortable seating. The Fifth ring which is the cheaper seating is very comfortable with adequate leg room and the acoustics makes hearing the orchestra and the performers on stage very easy to hear which is vital when attending a Opera performance.

It's location on the corner of University Avenue and Queen Street makes the use of Subway and Street Car a perfect way of getting to and from performances. It's also situated it in the heart of Toronto's downtown which has numerous restaurants, bars/coffee shops for after performance night caps.

Having seen several Opera performances from the Met in New York City at my local Silver City Movie Theatre in the past few years have been fabulous experiences but nothing can out do a live Opera performance and the Four Seasons Center is a excellent venue to do this.

Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“What a treat!”
Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

I went to the Four Seasons for an opera performance (The Masked Ball). Not only was the performance outstanding, the facility is quite beautiful as well.

Here are a few key points....

1. The centre is modern. The lobbies and mezzanines feature lots of open space, sharp lines, and glass. It is a grand space without any feel of a grand old opera house. (If you are looking for a Phantom of the Opera opera house feel, this is not it!)
2. Acoustics are great and seating in the hall is comfortable.
3. They have a system where you can pre-order drinks or snacks for a particular intermission, allowing you to avoid line-ups during breaks.
4. The staff here are helpful and professional. I found that I could ask questions and get answers from staff who might not work directly in a particular area (for example, the concession staff knew how to instruct me on getting to my seat.)
5. There is a 2$ charge for coat check. This is a bit of an annoyance if you are unaware of this and don't carry coins. There is also a long line following performances, so it may be advisable to not check your coat if you can get away with it.

Visited February 2014
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“Spectacular building”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

For the Opera. For the Nutcracker. Beautiful building, great acoustics. Wood, glass, warm and classy. Beautiful - oh wait, I said that already:)

Visited December 2013
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Concord, Canada
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“Guardrail height at Four Seasons Center”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Yesterday (December 31st) me and my husband and two our granddaughters (6&8 y.o.) visited Four Seasons Center for Performance Arts in Toronto for the Nutcracker ballet. Our tickets were at the first row of the fifth ring. When we got to our seats I was struck by how unsafe these seats are! The guardrail is hardly 70 centimetres of height total (it is lower than your hips!). Approximately 50 cm of guard’s height is solid , and there is a tube handrail only above this solid part (with the gap around 20cm between solid part and the handrail). And you are five floors above the orchestra seats!
I could not believe how it was possible to design and get City approval and build such unsafe scary guard!!- especially for kids who lean to the guars in order to see better. Does it correspond Ontario Building Code? I had to watch our kids all the time and could not watch the show! We came to the show to have a pleasure and not a continuous stress and fear and risk! We left at entr’acte. The long waited show was spoiled by bad architectural design.

Regards
EmIliya Dubov

Visited December 2013
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