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    OPERA HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS

    The newly opened Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects, integrates the best features of traditional European grand opera houses within a thoroughly modern envelope (photo by Steven Evans).Given that Canada's three largest cities each boast world-class opera companies, it may come as a surprise that none claims a purpose-built modern opera house. Until now. Next week, writer Janet Collins will describe how the design of the new structure serves performers, audiences, and its urban environment.

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    HEARING IS BELIEVING

    Inside the glass box of Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the curvilinear R. Fraser Elliott Hall. Belying the elegance of the decor is a thoroughly researched and executed acoustical design. The stacking of the balconies, the selection of materials, the texture of the basket weave plaster shell, and other carefully considered characteristics all coordinate to optimize musical performance. (Pictured: soprano Jessica Muirhead, photo by Michael Cooper.) Next week Janet Collins will continue her story of the opera house by delving into its meticulous acoustical design.

     
     

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    Report from the 2006 Congress For The New Urbanism — Planetizen, 2006.0607

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    Los Angeles Business Council Honors Best Architecture — AIArchitect, 2006.0602

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    Residential Architect Design Awards — Residential Architect online, 2006.0531

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    2006 Lyceum Fellowship Competition Winners — Lyceum Fellowship Committee press release, 2006.0515

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