Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera was founded by Alexander Gibson in 1962 and inaugurated with a production of Madama Butterfly at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. In 1974 Scottish Opera purchased the Theatre Royal Glasgow, which reopened in 1975 as Scotland’s first national opera house.

The Orchestra of Scottish Opera was founded in 1980.  Stuart Stratford was appointed Music Director in 2015 following conducting engagements with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and in the Company's production of Janáček’s Jenůfa.

2019/20 Annual Report

Gender Pay Gap Statement 2019

The Board of Scottish Opera


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Scottish Opera: Through The Years

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Emerging Artists

Our Emerging Artists programme gives young artists the opportunity of a lifetime – a period of full-time work with the Company to help them launch their careers.