Four Seasons Centre Awards

  • 2006 Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada, Architectural Woodwork Award
  • 2006 Ontario Concrete Awards, Structural Design Innovation Award
  • 2006 The Brick Industry Association, Brick in Architecture Awards—Best in Class
  • 2007 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Design Excellence Award
  • 2007 BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Citation for Excellence
  • 2007 Toronto Urban Design Award, Public Building in Context, Award for Excellence
  • 2007 Wood Works! Awards, Interior Design Award
  • 2007 Building Magazine—Outside the Box Award, Architecturally Innovative Design
  • 2007 Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Award for Illumination Design
  • 2008 Best Small Structural Project Award for the Grand Staircase from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
  • 2008 Chicago Athenaeum Museum’s International Architecture Award

Critical Acclaim

“The interior of the hall has the intimacy and elegance of a great European opera house and yet has a simple, refined, contemporary look.

"One American critic noted approvingly that it is a very welcoming house. It’s not your stuffy old gilt stucco and red velvet. It doesn’t look like an elitist culture palace for the privileged rich. It’s for everyone. . . . Toronto has an opera house to rival the best in the world."

CBC Radio 1

“The new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is a glorious setting for opera.”


“Canada’s largest city has a new opera house with a near-perfect balance of clarity and spaciousness. . . .”

Dallas Morning News

“. . . [R. Fraser Elliott Hall] is a splendid auditorium in the traditional horseshoe configuration with four upper rings. The house boasts handsome blond wood floors and comfortable seats with plenty of leg room. Best of all, there are only 2,000 seats and the acoustics, the work of the acoustician Robert Essert, seem excellent.”

New York Times

“The warm acoustics have ample clarity and promote excellent balances between orchestra and stage. ”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The 2,100-seat theatre, with lots of beech and maple wood and a sea of taupe-coloured surfaces, hasn’t a note of ostentation or pretension in it. The relative intimacy of the space underlines that it is very much a people’s place, not a temple to opera snobs.”

Baltimore Sun

“What a difference the new Toronto opera house makes. The experience of going to the opera here has been lifted to a new level: acoustically, visually, maybe even socially.”

National Post

“The new Four Seasons Centre itself emerged triumphant…displaying a splendidly accommodating acoustic and a spacious stage and pit area with near perfect sightlines from practically all its 2,000 seats.”

Opera~Opera magazine (Australia)

See what the critics are talking about. Attend a performance at the Four Seasons Centre today!

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