Feminists Before Feminism

Daisy Goodwin on her book “Diva”

In the cutthroat world of opera, Maria Callas, dubbed “la divina,” was celebrated for her mesmerizing voice, dramatic prowess, and stunning beauty. Despite her upbringing in Nazi-occupied Greece, where her talent was exploited by her mother, Callas rose to fame on the stages of the world’s grandest opera houses.

When she met Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, Callas believed she had found genuine love and acceptance for the first time. However, Onassis’s sudden departure to marry Jacqueline Kennedy shattered her world.

In this captivating novel, Daisy Goodwin portrays Callas’s journey from a rising star to a heartbroken woman who ultimately finds her true strength and voice in the face of devastating loss.

In the series:
June 11: Daisy Goodwin On “Diva”
July 23: Emily Franklin on “The Lioness of Boston”

“All in the Family” with Iain Scott

A fun opera course with Iain Scott! ** 

Sisters in Opera?

Which sister marries her sister’s boyfriend? is a member of a sorority (several operas)? is “weird”? comforts her love-lorn sister? gives her brother a medal?

Iain will provide all the answers – with video excerpts. PLEASE NOTE ALL LECTURES IN THE SERIES ARE AT 5PM!

In the series:
Feb. 5: Mothers in Opera?
Feb. 19: Fathers in Opera?
Mar. 4: Brothers in Opera?
Mar. 11: Sisters in Opera?

**Not included in Classi Membership

“All in the Family” with Iain Scott

A fun opera course with Iain Scott! ** 

Brothers in Opera?

Which brother kills his brother (at least 2 operas)? recognises his lost sister (at least 2 operas)? tries to kill his sister? drinks his brother’s blood? duets with his sister (at least 4 operas)?

Iain will provide all the answers – with video excerpts. PLEASE NOTE ALL LECTURES IN THE SERIES ARE AT 5PM!

In the series:
Feb. 5: Mothers in Opera?
Feb. 19: Fathers in Opera?
Mar. 4: Brothers in Opera?
Mar. 11: Sisters in Opera?

**Not included in Classi Membership

“All in the Family” with Iain Scott

A great opera course with Iain Scott! ** 

Fathers in Opera?

In which operas does a father offer his daughter as a marriage prize (2 operas)? haunt his daughter (at least 2 operas)? teach his son geography? kill his daughter? almost kill his son? in 20 of Verdi’s 26 operas a father-daughter or father-son relationship features prominently (how many can you name? what are the 6 exceptions)?

Iain Scott will provide all the answers – with wonderful singing/video excerpts.

PLEASE NOTE ALL LECTURES IN THE SERIES ARE AT 5PM!

In the series:
Feb. 5: Mothers in Opera?
Feb. 19: Fathers in Opera?
Mar. 4: Brothers in Opera?
Mar. 11: Sisters in Opera?

**Not included in Classi Membership

“All in the Family” Opera with Iain Scott

A Great New opera course with the inimitable Iain Scott! ** 

Mothers in Opera?

Mama mia? A quiz!

In which opera does a mother throw her baby into a fire? threaten to kill her daughter (at least 3 operas)? have a child out of wedlock (at least 4 operas)? haunt her daughter? recognise her son from his birthmark?

Iain Scott will provide  the answers – with wonderful singing/video excerpts. PLEASE NOTE ALL LECTURES IN  THE SERIES ARE AT 5PM!

In the series:
Feb. 5: Mothers in Opera?
Feb. 19: Fathers in Opera?
Mar. 4: Brothers in Opera?
Mar. 11: Sisters in Opera?

**Not included in Classi Membership