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Exotic Operas from Around the World

a shirtless man performs on stage with a large dragon puppetMondays, March 19 - April 16, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 pm

With Iain Scott, one of Canada’s foremost opera educators.
The nineteenth century was a period when European interest in the rest of the world expanded and fascination with other cultures became widespread - a process which culminated in the imperialist and colonial "scramble for Africa" at the end of the century.

In the middle of the century, a series of great international expositions in London and Paris spurred the public's focus towards foreign markets and overseas opportunities.This outward-looking trend was reflected in all the arts and especially in opera - where it became fashionable to show exotic and unusual cultures as the location of opera plots. In this course we will sample a variety of geographic locations - the Orient, India, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

March 19 Opera and the Mysterious East
March 26 Opera and Exotic India
April 2 Opera and the Americas
April 9 Opera and the Steppes of Asia
April 16 Opera and Africa
5 week series: $90; Drop-in: $22

Iain ScottIain Scott is one of Canada’s best-known and most popular educators on opera. He grew up in a small village in Scotland and came to Canada 45 years ago. Over the years, Iain has lectured throughout the United States for such organizations as Opera America, Opera Guilds International, the American Wagner Association and the Smithsonian Institute. In the Toronto area, Iain has lectured for the Guilds and friends of the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, the Toronto Wagner Society, the Mozart Society, and many others. For 25 years, Iain was a regular guest quiz panelist on CBC Radio’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera”, and for years was a guest panelist on Texaco’s “Opera Quiz from the Met” in New York. 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, and he was Chair of the Advisory Committee of U-of-T's Opera School.
Iain has taught many courses at the Miles Nadal JCC, including: Four ‘Jewish’ Operas, Opera and Shakespeare, It’s All in the Family, Operatic Divas, Back to Basics and Masters of Bel Canto.
For more information about Iain and Opera Is, please visit

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