New Opera House in Toronto to Open With Gala Featuring Heppner

Classic Arts News   New Opera House in Toronto to Open With Gala Featuring Heppner
The new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto will open with a gala on June 14 starring tenor Ben Heppner and other Canadian singers, the Canadian Opera Company announced.

In addition to Heppner, the lineup for the concert includes soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, baritone Gerald Finley, and baritone Brett Polegato. General director Richard Bradshaw will direct.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $150 and $250. Fans can also watch a free simulcast on a large screen outside the theater in Nathan Phillips Square.

The 2,000-seat, C$181 million Four Seasons Centre, designed by Jack Diamond, will be Canada's first theater built expressly for opera. Its opening will be celebrated with an official ribbon-cutting on June 11, the gala on June 14, concerts on June 16 and 17, and open houses for major donors (June 3-4), subscribers (June 17-18), students (June 23), and the public (June 24-25). The Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada will move in this fall.

The COC also announced this week that it had received a C$5 million donation for the Four Seasons Centre from Henry N. R. Jackman, the former lieutenant governor of Ontario. The company has now raised C$156 million for the construction of the building.

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