The Dean of Canada’s Art Critics, William Littler, weighs in on Toronto’s new opera house, The Four Seasons Centre. I’m proud to report he agrees with me that the Four Seasons Centre lacks a certain ‘wow’ factor and does little to symbolize the greatness of Toronto as a city.
“As admirably practical a house as Jack Diamond appears to have designed for the Canadian Opera Company, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts-scheduled to open in September of 2006-is scarcely the kind of building to shoulder the responsibility of symbolizing a city’s greatness.
…Ticket prices will be even higher…the NBoC will be losing 1,000 seats…”
Of course, this is assuming you actually think Toronto is a great city. For me there are too many glass skyscrapers and it’s far too congested. I do believe the new opera house symbolizes exactly who we are. The house boasts a restrained design with an emphasis on functionality over style. I do hope they sprinkle on a little glitz.
Unfortunately, Toronto has failed to rekindle interest in ballet from the ‘Nureyev’ era. Though not very convenient, it would have been interesting to build the opera house on Toronto’s Centre Island or perhaps on the lakeshore. These locations lend themselves more to the creation of something spectacular to fire the imagination of theatre goers. Of course, the current location is very convenient for many and accessible via public transit. I just wish it sparkled a little more. Of course, cost was a factor.
Mr. Littler mentions Dresden’s Opera House
along with the Sydney Opera House
as shinning examples of symbolizing a city. Unfortunately, the article is not available via the web. You’ll have a pick up a copy of this Saturday’s Toronto Star.