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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 USA.

He retired from corporate life twenty years ago (in 2002) – 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.

  • He grew up in Scotland and came to Canada in 1972.
  • Iain has two Masters Degrees (an honours MA in medieval history and an MBA in organizational behaviour).
  • He represented Scotland in fencing at two weapons (foil and epee).
  • He was a regular guest on “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” (CBC radio) for 25 years.
  • He was a frequent 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 many Boards including the Canadian Opera Company, the Vancouver Opera, Opera Canada Magazine, the Toronto Arts Council, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the University of Toronto’s Opera School.
  • He was honoured with the University of Toronto’s “Outstanding Teacher Award”.

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”.