Iain Scott...

... is one of Canada's leading experts on OPERA.

Iain ScottHe grew up in a small village in Scotland ...

(Dollar, Clackmannanshire - in the middle of an Edinburgh-Stirling-Perth triangle, which has just 2,000 people and 3,000 sheep).

He represented Scotland in Fencing - both foil and epee.

He has two Masters' Degrees - an M.A. (in Medieval History) and an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration).

He came to Canada 45 years ago and now lives in Toronto with his wife, Barbara.

After a 30-year corporate business career (working with Engineers in SHELL, Chartered Accountants in DELOITTE, and Consulting Actuaries in MERCER), in 2002 he founded his own company "OPERA-IS" (the IS is for "Iain Scott') to lead opera tours, develop opera appreciation courses,  and produce opera guides.

He is in great demand as a LECTURER on Opera.

- In the USA, he has lectured for the Smithsonian Institution, for the Chautauqua Institution, for the Great Books Foundation, for Opera America, for Opera Guilds International, for the Wagner Society of America, for the New York Wagner Society, for the American Wagner Association, for the Wagner Society of Washington DC, for the Wagner Society of Ohio, and also for Palm Beach Opera and the Virginia Opera.

- In the Toronto area, he has given many courses and lectures for the University of Toronto (the School of Continuing Studies and Innis College - Later Life Learning) , for York University (Glendon College - Living and Learning In Retirement), for Ryerson University (Life Institute), and for George Brown College (Seniors' Association).

He frequently lectures at both the Miles Nadal and Prosserman Jewish Community Centres, as well as for many local synagogues and churches.

- He regularly lectures for the Guilds and friends of the Canadian Opera Company, for Opera Atelier, for Opera Hamilton, for the Toronto Wagner Society, for the Mozart Society, etc.

- and, for 30 years, provided introductory talks for no less than 100 "obscure" operas for Opera in Concert.

He has been a frequent BROADCASTER on Opera.

  • - For 25 years, he was a regular guest quiz panellist and commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "Saturday Afternoon at the Opera".
  • - For eight seasons, (1987 - 1995) he was a frequent panellist on the "Texaco Opera Quiz" intermission features from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

He is a WRITER of magazine articles and of program notes. (See some recent articles).


  • In Toronto, he 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 the U-of-T's Opera School.
  • In Vancouver, he was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Opera Association and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


  • Founder of "The Toronto Opera Club".
  • Recipient of:
    • the U of T's   Outstanding Teacher Award (1992) 
    • the U of T's   Arbor Award for outstanding volunteer service (2000 & 2007)
    • the Government of Ontario's   Volunteer Service Award (1990).