Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto, Canada

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“…[A]n inaugural Canadian Opera Company production of Wagner’s complete Ring of the Nibelung this month showed off well-nigh ideal acoustics for opera: almost eerily transparent but also spacious, with an even frequency response and a good balance between stage and pit.”

 Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

A new home for the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada, the centre also includes 2 large rehearsal rooms and a phenomenally successful performance amphitheatre in the foyer overlooking the city.

The success of the hall is testament to the commitment and experience that was poured into the project. The acoustics team led by Sound Space Design have created an opera acoustic especially for the Canadian Opera company, translating subjective goals into architectural specifics in collaboration with the design team. The auditorium has clarity, resonance, strength and involvement. It is isolated from subway and street car vibration in order to have no audible background noise, which may have otherwise intruded on the high drama of silence and the quietest pianissimos.

The acoustics have been praised by the project’s champion, the late Maestro Richard Bradshaw, by Valery Gergiev, by the performers, audiences and 60 international music critics who attended the opening production of Wagner’s Ring in September 2006.

The clip below was developed in conjuncion with a computer model of the Four Seasons PAC to illustrate sound waves as particles reflecting off the auditorium surfaces of the auditorium.  Please see our computer modelling services page  for further details of this aspect of auditorium acoustical design.

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