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Opera Appreciation: Bel Canto

woman in a gown on stage dramatically singing operaMondays, March 6 - April 3
1:30 - 3:30 pm

4 week series: $72; Drop-in: $22 +CIF/HST

With Iain Scott, one of Canada’s foremost opera educators

Bel Canto does not mean just "beautiful singing" , but acrobatic, show-off, virtuoso singing.
It was the mainstay of 18th century Opera and of the composers who revived it in the early 19th century.

Monday March 6: Mozart and Handel
Monday March 20: Rossini in Italy and Paris
Monday March 27: Bellini and Donizetti
Monday April 3: Verdi’s “Galley Years”


Iain Scott

After a 30-year career working with Engineers in Shell, Chartered Accountants in Deloitte, and Consulting Actuaries in Mercer, Iain Scott founded his own company "OPERA-IS" (the IS is for "Iain Scott') in 2002 to develop opera appreciation courses, lead opera tours and offer opera guides. Iain has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto's Opera-in-Concert, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Toronto Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Awards Foundation, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Opera Canada magazine, the Aldeburgh Connection Concert Society and was Chair of the Advisory Committee of U-of-T's Opera School.

Iain has lectured throughout North America for such organizations as Opera America, for Opera Guilds International, for the Wagner Society of America, for the Smithsonian Institution of Washington DC, for the Chautauqua Institution, for the Guilds and friends of the Canadian Opera Company, for Opera Atelier and for Opera Hamilton. Operatic Divas will be the 14th course that Iain has taught at the Miles Nadal JCC, including: Four ‘Jewish’ Operas, Opera and Shakespeare, Four of the Greatest Scenes from Four of the Greatest Operas, and most recently last spring It’s All in the Family. More information

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