Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
R. Fraser Elliott Hall

Photo Credit: Tim Griffith

Within the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada resides the 2,000 seat R. Elliot Fraser Hall, designed specifically for opera and ballet and is home to the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada. The traditional, four-tiered European-style horseshoe-shaped auditorium was meticulously designed for optimal sightlines and acoustics. FDA planned and organized the seating configuration to maximize a sense of intimacy between audience members and performers, with every seat computer-tested for the best possible sightlines.

A large, flexible orchestra pit permits the presentation of the full range of the opera repertoire, from chamber pieces to full scale 19th and 20th century works. Full rear and side stages, generous dressing rooms, wardrobe and instrument storage were all designed to allow three full productions to play in repertory. The generous rehearsal space is flexible enough for functions and concerts, and serves as a warm up space for dancers and singers.

  • Client: Canadian Opera Company
    Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Completion Year: 2006
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Acoustician: Sound Space Vision
  • Building Size: 260,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 2,000 seats


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