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 sixth Music Director, joining a distinguished succession that originated with the Company’s founder Sir Alexander Gibson.
For Scottish Opera, he has conducted productions of Tosca, Jenůfa, Rusalka, Pelléas et Mélisande, La bohème, Greek, Flight, Eugene Onegin, Kátya Kabanová, Anthropocene (world premiere) and the ground breaking Pagliacci in 'Paisley Opera House'.
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, Edgar, Silvano and Iris.
In the 2019/20 Season he conducts Tosca and A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as Iris, Cavalleria rusticana and Zingari as part of the Opera in Concert series.
In the UK he has worked with Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park, English National Opera, the 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.