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Current / Upcoming
(1) Opera Lectures,
(2) Opera Courses,
and
(3) Weekend Seminars

a lecture on
Agamemnon’s daughter, ELECTRA in Opera
together with Prof. ORI SOLTES

Sunday 16th OCTOBER
or Monday 17th October
at 4:00 pm

The later Trojan War cycles tell how AGAMEMNON, on his return to Mycenae,
was assassinated by his wife, Clytemnestra and her lover.
And how two of his children, ORESTES and ELECTRA then murdered their mother in revenge.

Prof ORI SOLTES will explore the three most famous 5th century BCE plays about the myths of ELECTRA (and her brother) by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.

Then, I will explore her appearances in operas, including Mozart’s “IDOMENEO” and Strauss’s “ELEKTRA”.

This lecture will be given through
CLASSI LECTURES

(2) two upcoming
on-line
OPERA COURSES
in November 2022

a three-week
COURSE
on
“GREAT SCENES
in OPERA”


(comparing different productions
of each scene)

(1) The Bull-fight scene
from CARMEN

(2) the arrival of the STONE GUEST
in the Don Giovanni operas

(3) Tatiana’s LETTER SCENE
in Eugene Onegin


course begins on
Sunday 6th NOVEMBER
or Monday 7th November

at 4:00 pm

This course will be given through
CLASSI LEARNING

another three-week
COURSE
on
“MORE
GREAT SCENES
in OPERA”

(comparing different productions
of each scene)



(1) the death of DIDO of Carthage
in Purcell and Berlioz operas

(2) Brünnhilde’s immolation
in “GOTTERDAMMERUNG”

(3) at the Café Momus
in “La BOHEME”

course begins on
Sunday 27th NOVEMBER
or Monday 28th November

at 4:00 pm

This course will be given through
CLASSI LEARNING

Ponchielli’s
“LA GIOCONDA”
the ultimate
ITALIAN GRAND OPERA

No other opera puts such great demands on all six vocal types (soprano, mezzo, contralto, tenor, baritone and bass). A true vocal feast!

at the ROSEDALE
GOLF CLUB

Saturday 14th JANUARY
and Sunday 15th JANUARY


10:00 am to 4:00 pm
each day, including lunches

A brief refresher
on
Richard Wagner’s
“RING CYCLE”


This astonishing tetralogy has been described as “the pinnacle of musical, dramatic, intellectual and emotional achievement” and “the greatest artistic endeavour ever created”. I agree.

at the ROSEDALE
GOLF CLUB

Saturday 21st JANUARY
and Sunday 22nd JANUARY


10:00 am to 4:00 pm
each day, including lunches

Would you like Iain
to give an Opera Lecture
for your group or event ?

If you are a member of a Club, a Condo,
or a “Third Age Learning” organization,
ask Iain to prepare a special talk for your group.

Testimonials

“What I like most about Iain’s courses is his curation of helpful video examples to illustrate his lectures.”

N.T. L. (Toronto)

“Iain has a wonderful grasp of history so we learn about the times as well as the operas.”

R.E.C. (London)

“Every time Iain teaches he always inspires me to want to learn more.”

“I enjoy his broad experience and his deep expertise.”

“He is a born teacher.

B.J. (Toronto ON)