Music Director

Stuart was appointed Music Director of
Scottish Opera from 1 June 2015.


Stuart Stratford studied conducting at Cambridge University with David Parry, and with Ilya Musin at the St.Petersburg Conservatoire.

He joined Scottish Opera in 2015 as the Company’s 6th Music Director, joining a distinguished succession that originated with the Company’s founder Sir Alexander Gibson.

For Scottish Opera, he has conducted productions of Jenůfa, Rusalka, Pelléas & Mélisande, La bohème, Greek, Flight, Eugene Onegin and the ground breaking Pagliacci in a tent in Paisley. He introduced the popular Sunday Series of lesser known Operas in Concert, which has featured such titles as L’amico Fritz, Le Villi, Iolanta, Francesca da Rimini, Aleko and Edgar.

The 2018/19 Season sees him conduct Anthropocene, a new opera by Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh, and a new production of Kátya Kabanová for Scottish Opera, as well as conducting the revival of the classic David Alden production of Lucia di Lammermoor for English National Opera.

In the UK he has worked with Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park, English National Opera, Buxton Festival and Birmingham Opera, with repertoire ranging from Giovanni d’Arco to Satyagraha. He is known for his expertise in Russian and Czech music, and his passion for bringing opera to new audiences outside of a traditional theatre setting.