Enjoying opera, with iain scott

Spring 2007 Program

“Fortunately, the world of opera is filled with opera freaks and Iain is among the most freaky. As well, he is one of the most knowledgeable and communicative people in this obsessive and thrilling art form.”

- Stuart Hamilton, Quiz Master for Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC, about Iain Scott:


Four Thursday evenings

February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 2007 • 7:00-9:00 pm

Chapel of St. Peter’s Anglican Church,

King St. E., Cobourg

Opera is about romance, passion, love, hate, deception, gorgeous music and sumptuous sets - a feast for the ear and eye. Come learn about it from one of Canada’s most popular and knowledgeable opera experts in the intimate and acoustically superb Chapel of St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Iain Scott will use video opera excerpts, shown on a large screen.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

How to enjoy Italian opera

Learn how and why the structure of the aria – the basic building block of Italian opera – changed significantly as opera evolved over 400 years. Find out how to listen to the Italian form of opera with its unique focus on the voice and the vocal line.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

How to enjoy German opera

German and Italian operas are written according to very different concepts and principles. In this session, you will learn why the two key words that define German opera are the “Orchestra” and the “Meaning” of the artwork.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

How to enjoy French opera

French opera has almost as long a history as Italian opera does. From the start, however, the French have always preferred their art to be distinctly différent. In the 19th century, French opera was characterized by an exuberant and extravagant taste for the spectacular in productions and in performance.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

How to enjoy Russian opera

Russian opera was a late developer, emerging in the late decades of the nineteenth century. It comes in two forms – an “eastward-looking” variety exemplified by Mussorgsky and Borodin amongst others and a “westward-looking” variety exemplified by Tchaikovsky.

Iain Scott is one of Canada’s best-known and most popular opera educators. He makes learning fun! For the last 20 years, he has been a regular and frequent guest on CBC radio’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” and for eight seasons was a panelist on the “Texaco Opera Quiz” from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

In the USA he has lectured for Opera America, Opera Guilds International, the New York Wagner Society, the American Wagner Association, the Wagner Society of Washington DC, Palm Beach Opera, the Smithsonian Institution of Washington DC and the Chautauqua Institution. In the Toronto area, he has given many lectures for the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Hamilton/Opera Ontario, the Toronto Wagner Society, the Mozart Society and others. He has introduced over 80 “rare” operas for Opera in Concert in Toronto. Iain Scott received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He has also been honoured with the Province of Ontario’s Volunteer Service Award and the U of T’s Arbor Award. He is chair of the Advisory Board of the U of T’s Opera School. Iain’s writing on opera has been published in magazines and program notes. His four-set CD, “Opera’s Ten Deadly Sins,” just issued by DECCA, received five stars from CBC’s Rick Phillips on “Sound Advice”. Iain lives in Toronto with his wife, Barbara. They have two grown children, Vanessa and Alistair.

For more information on Iain Scott’s opera courses and tours

call 416 486 8408 or visit

Stars of Tomorrow

Iain Scott, host and commentator

Presented by Friends of Music, Fri. Mar. 30th, 2007 at 8 pm

St. Peter's Church, King Street East, Cobourg

For the third time, Stars of Tomorrow will feature three young singers who are completing the opera program at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and are about to launch their singing careers. Previous artists in this concert series are already starting to make their mark in North America and Europe. Don't miss this opportunity to be in at the beginning!