Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

“Purpose-built” and “opera house” are not generally words that sit next to each other in a sentence but in June 2006 the Canadian Opera Company took up residence in their new permanent home in the heart of downtown Toronto - the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts! The COC had been waiting 30 years for their opera house, a dream realised in this spectacular purpose-built 2,000-seat venue that offers every single thing that sets a genuine opera house apart from a theatre or a concert hall.

In the simplest terms, to qualify for the category of a ‘proper’ opera house there needs to be three chambers; the audience hall, the open orchestra pit and the stage, all working in unison to provide perfect balance for voice and instrument. A concert hall is usually one chamber, combining orchestra and audience whereas a theatre will generally have two chambers – the audience hall and the stage. Additionally, an opera house is distinguished by the number of stages required to operate as a repertory theatre. Any great opera house has more than one stage. In the Four Seasons’ R. Fraser Elliott Hall there will be three – main, rear and side.

Selecon supplied almost 200 stage lighting fixtures for this very fine venue: 24 x Aurora 4-way Groundrow, 60 x Pacific 5.5- 13 Zoomspots, 54 x Pacific 12- 28 Zoomspots and 54 x Pacific 23-50 Zoomspots. The tender for this lighting was secured by Jack A. Frost and the fixtures will be supplied by Production Resource Group.

Credits for the Four Seasons Centre, the first of its type in Canada go to Jack Diamond, pre-eminent architect from the award-winning Toronto-based firm Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated, the design team includes Joshua Dachs from Fisher Dachs Associates of New York and Julian Sleath, then Technical Director for the COC for the theatre planning and design, and Sound Space Design of London, England for acoustics.

The Canadian Opera Company owns the new building and will use it for mainstage performances approximately 24 weeks of the year. The National Ballet of Canada is the primary tenant and will use the theatre as its new performance venue, for around 17 weeks annually with community events and corporate rentals being available as well.

Selecon is extremely proud to have been chosen to supply theatre lighting for this wonderful addition to the performing arts scene in Toronto.


Credits

Client Canadian Opera Company
Venue Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Architect Jack Diamond, Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.
Theatre Consultant Joshua Dachs from Fisher Dachs
Associates
Technical Director Julian Sleath

Products used

24 x Aurora Groundrow
60 x Pacific 5.5°-13° Zoomspot
54 x Pacific 12°-28° Zoomspot
54 x Pacific 23°-50° Zoomspot

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