Dr Afarin Mansouri is an award-winning composer and musicologist whose works have been

performed in Canada, the United States, England, Iran, and South America. She is the recipient of many awards including Canada 150 Medal for her artistic contribution. Afarin hasb collaborated with various organizations and Festivals such as Tapestry Opera, You Dance National Ballet of Canada, Tirgan Festival and Toronto Nuit Blanche. In 2018, her opera “Forbidden” gained national and international attention by Globe and Mail and BBC world.Opera Canada considers her music “powerful, the most memorable highlights of the opera”bin her operatic composition “Saffronic” as part of The Journey, Notes of Hope. Her AudiobOpera “Little Heart” which was published by Centredisc in January 2020, is available fon Canadian Music Centre: This children’s opera has been mentioned by Opera Canada magazine as “a sweet adventure into cross-cultural storytelling with sound.”

As an educator and researcher, Afarin has presented various research papers, lectures, and

opera workshops on national and international level, including but not limited to Canadian Opera Company, covering various music topics such as opera history, soundscape and composition. She is the founder and director of Music Nest (, developing new methods by combining storytelling and music pedagogy. Her PhD research is on the topic of Children’s opera, it’s history and it’s effect of developing children’s intellectual skills.

As a mezzo soprano, Afarin has performed new music for Toronto Culture Days, Tirgan

Festival and Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto’s program “The Thirtieth Act”.

She is a member of diversity, equity and inclusivity committee member at Canadian Opera

Company, an has been a national councilor of Canadian League of Composers, co-founder and Artistic Director of Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT).

Last Update April 2020

Last Update: April 2020

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