750 Spadina Avenue, (at Bloor Street)

Toronto, ON  

“OPERA : five weeks in PARIS”


  five Monday afternoons 

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


23rd    M A R C H,   2 0 2 0 

 to  27th   A P R I L ,  2 0 2 0


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Adult Daytime Culture and Education) 


COURSE OUTLINE:  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, Wagner, 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

 (e.g. Manon, La Bohème, La Traviata, Andrea Chénier, etc.).

 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, 23rd March, 2020 

“The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution” 

Operas will include “Andrea Chenier”, “Manon” and “Adriana Lecouvreur”

Monday, 30th March, 2020 

no class – (Iain will be in Barcelona, on tour)


Monday, 6th April, 2020 

“Bohemian Paris and the Citizen King” 

Operas will include “La Boheme” and “La Traviata”

Monday, 13th April, 2020 

“La Gloire – Paris in the Second Empire” 

Operas will include “Les Troyens”, “Thais” and “Lakme”


Monday, 20th April, 2020 

“Opera and Paris in La Belle Époque” 

Operas will include “Samson et Dalila”, “Fedora”

Monday, 27th April, 2020 

“Paris in the Fin de Siècle and Paris today” 

Operas will include “Pelleas et Melisande”, “La Rondine”


Previous Courses taught by Iain at the Miles Nadal JCC …

2019         MOZART at the OPERA 

2019         GREAT CANADIAN

                  OPERA SINGERS 

2018         COMIC and LIGHT OPERAS 


2017         TEN TYPES OF TENORS 

2017          MASTERS OF “BEL CANTO” 

2016         “ALL IN THE FAMILY” 

2015         SHAKESPEARE in OPERA 

2014         FOUR “JEWISH” OPERAS 


2013         PREVIEW of UPCOMING

                  COC Productions 

2013         PREVIEW of UPCOMING

                  “MET LIVE IN HD” Broadcasts 

2012         PREVIEW of UPCOMING

                  “MET LIVE IN HD” Broadcasts 



(in addition, Iain has given numerous “one-off” lectures for the Miles Nadal JCC)