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Iain Scott

Iain Scott is perhaps Canada’s best known and most popular opera educator and tour leader.

Iain enjoyed a 30-year corporate business career (working with Engineers in SHELL, with Chartered Accountants in DELOITTE, and with Consulting Actuaries in MERCER).

During his working career, he taught evening classes on opera appreciation at the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory and in many other educational institutions, associations and Community Centres throughout Canada and the US.

In 2002, he retired from corporate life – and founded OPERA-IS Travel and Learning (the IS stands for “Iain Scott’) to lead opera tours, develop opera appreciation courses, and produce opera guides.

  • Iain has two Masters Degrees (an MA in medieval history and an MBA)
  • He represented Scotland at fencing (foil and epee)
  • He was a guest on the CBC’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” for 25 years
  • He was a panelist on the “Texaco Opera Quiz” from the Metropolitan Opera for 8 seasons
  • He has lectured for the Smithsonian, the Chautauqua Institution, the Great Books Foundation, Opera Guilds International, and many more.
  • He has served on the Boards of the Canadian Opera Company, the Vancouver Opera, Opera Canada Magazine, the Toronto Arts Council and the University of Toronto’s Opera School.
  • He was selected for the “Outstanding Teacher Award” by the University of Toronto.

If you were wondering about the IMAGES on this site …

  • The auditorium on the “front” page is the new Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin.
  • The baroque opera house on the “tours” page is the Margravial House in Bayreuth.
  • The chorus on the “learning” page is that of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
  • The model of the Palais Garnier (on this page) is in the Musee D’Orsay in Paris.

and the MUSICAL INTRODUCTION to each of my webinar lectures is …

the “Danse des Esclaves” from Act 4 of Hector Berlioz’s “LES TROYENS”.