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Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

145 Queen Street W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5A 1E8
Tel: 416 363 6671's insider take:

This recently unveiled opera house is a stunning example of contemporary formalist architecture, but don't let the visuals fool you: They built it for the acoustics. The foundation was insulated with 500 rubber pads to keep out subway rumble, and audience seating was kept down to 2,000. According to critics, the audio experience is suitably grand. The Canadian Opera Company makes its home here, and the works presented range from the classical to the modern: The venue opened with Wagner's Ring cycle, and the free concert series includes jazz and world music. The season runs from September through June, and rush tickets can be bought the day of the performance. If opera isn't your thing, the center is also home to the National Ballet of Canada (

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