The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts was designed with the overriding principles of creating an exceptional auditory and theatrical experience for patrons as well as a democratic, open and engaging space within the city. The opera house is designed to make accessible an art form that has long been considered elitist. By revealing the procession and activity associated with attending a performance, a new audience is cultivated and a new relationship formed between the patron and the city. The Four Seasons Centre is a building in harmony with its context and innovative in design. It has excelled in providing audience interest and comfort, has created operational efficiencies and achieved an acoustic and theatrical experience among the very best in the world.