Canadian Opera Company patrons will notice two additions to the Four Seasons Centre when they come to the opera this winter. This week, the COC welcomed two new sculptures to the opera house, on loan from the Art Gallery of Ontario: a Henry Moore sculpture, placed at the top of the Grand Staircase, and a Jacques Lipchitz bronze, on display in the Henry N.R. Jackman Lounge. While the AGO has loaned the COC several pieces from its collection over the years for display at the Four Seasons Centre, this particular occasion marks the first time the AGO has loaned the opera company two pieces concurrently.
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This summer, the Four Seasons Centre celebrated its five-year anniversary, and we asked our twitter followers to share their favourite memories of the building. Here are a few of the highlights:
@gingerhat: Sudden death in family day before Elektra opened. Sang, somehow. RB [Richard Bradshaw] in dressing rm, after: big hug & "thanks for doing this".
@operarunner: wonderful Richard Bradshaw, who had the vision and faith that Toronto could have an opera house
@racheldubs: meeting @SimoneOsborne and having a backstage tour, so exciting and inspiring! best wishes for the next five!
@giannawichelow: Too hard to pick. Staff getting to go onstage for curtain call of last Götterdämmerung, then opening chorus in War and Peace!
@JessicaMuirhead: I loved the #hardhat concerts! Remember how amazing the kids were when told 2 be quiet for the acoustic tests?
@stephapps: Volunteering for concert for schools in 2006. Feedback - 10 yr. old: "Yo man, those bathrooms are SICK!"
@Rinatshaham: Had such a pleasant surprise to do a Carmen run with you! Best ever jump-in for me! :) Hope to return soon! Xoxo
Do you have any favourite memories of the Four Seasons Centre? Please share them with us by leaving a comment on this entry!
Photo: Robert Gleadow performs in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphithieatre. © Tracy Kay 2011
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001