Thomson Smillie Hosts DEMYSTIFYING OPERA Event at The Bard's Town Today


Many people are intimidated by the very word "opera", yet would love to know more. IF University will team with Louisville writer and speaker Thomson Smillie to pull back the curtain on the complexity and meaning of opera. We'll delve into the music, the maestros, and the masterpieces and have fun learning the basics of the four hundred year-old art form.

This will be a fun and entertaining evening at one of Louisville's most unique entertainment venues: The Bard's Town. The Greek-American soprano Maria Callas said "an opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down." IF University invites you to begin your experience of opera here.

The event is set for today, February 27, 2013, at The Bard's Town (1801 Bardstown Rd in the Highlands) from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cost: $15.99 (includes admission and one complimentary drink ticket including tax/gratuity). Advance booking needed: online at

About Thomson Smillie: Thomson has an international reputation as a writer and speaker on the performing arts and is among the highest-rated speakers on the world's top cruise lines. He combines scholarship with wit and deep understanding of his art and of his audience. He has worked with the Scottish Opera, The Wexford Festival, the Opera Company of Boston and was general director of Kentucky Opera for many years. He is a graduate of Glasgow University in his native Scotland.<

About IF University: IF University is a new platform and ecosystem for creative thinkers, innovators, and curious minds to teach classes, attend classes and bring unexpected ideas to the forefront to build and support a culture of innovative thinking. Built on the "Stay Curious" premise of the annual IdeaFestival in Louisville, IF University is designed to inspire new and novel thinking all year round by hosting classes and events on a wide variety of topics held in public venues. All IF University classes and events are non-credit learning experiences with an emphasis on the intersections between varied topics and multiple disciplines. Ideas at Play, that's IF University. IF University is a division of the IdeaFestival, the non-profit organization dedicated to fresh thinking, new connections and innovation that matters.

SOURCE: Louisville Culture Vulture