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    Opera Appreciation: Five Weeks in Paris

    OperaAppreciation W20 webiconMondays, March 23 - April 27, 2020 (*no class March 30)
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

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

    For centuries, Paris has been both a model and a magnet - the richest and most dominant city in Europe. As a model, Parisian fashions in architecture, dress, literature and music radiated across the continent. Parisian cultural influence on Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain is unparalleled. As a magnet, it attracted the world’s greatest artists and innovators – and any success in Paris ensured not only widespread fame but also unprecedented financial rewards. As a result, nearly all of the greatest opera composers, both domestic and foreign-born (e.g. Lully, Rameau, Gluck, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Bizet, Massenet, Debussy, etc.) created their greatest works for Paris. And the city of Paris is the place-setting for many of the world’s most famous and most loved operas, including La Bohème, La Traviata, Manon, and Andrea Chénier.

    In this course, we will use a loose historical framework to trace the development of operas created for the city and to illustrate operas, composed in later times, set in each period of the city’s fascinating history. In so doing, we will not only learn about a great model and“magnet city … but also about the breadth of the art-form of opera itself.

    Monday March 23
          The Ancien Régime and The French Revolution
    Monday April 6           Bohemian Paris and The Citizen King
    Monday April 13         La Gloire - Paris in the Second Empire
    Monday April 20         Opera and Paris in La Belle Époque
    Monday April 27         Paris in the Fin de Siècle and Paris Today

    Series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)

    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. For more information, please visit


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    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422

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    140344243 RR0001