OPERA UNWRAPPED 

TOSCA 2019
Glasgow Mon 21 Oct 6pm
Inverness
Fri 8 Nov 6pm
Edinburgh
Mon 18 Nov 6pm

NIXON IN CHINA 2020 
Glasgow
Fri 21 Feb 6pm
Edinburgh
Fri 28 Feb 6pm

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 2020
Edinburgh
Wed 1 Apr 6pm
Glasgow
Wed 22 Apr 6pm


Whether you’re new to opera or an old hand, you can find out more at Opera Unwrapped – an hour-long taster that gives an insight into our shows and how they are created.

Presented from the stage at each of our four main venues (in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen), our Unwrapped events involve singers, back-stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

You’ll hear highlights from the music and find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some back-stage secrets.

Tickets are just £5 - come along and find out more!

Presenter
Allan Dunn

Theatre Royal Glasgow 0844 871 7647
Festival Theatre Edinburgh 0131 529 6000
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen 01224 641 122
Eden Court, Inverness 01463 234 234

See full box office information

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY 
PERFORMANCES

TOSCA 2019
Glasgow
Thu 24 Oct 3pm
Aberdeen
Fri 1 Nov 3pm
Edinburgh
Tue 19 Nov 3pm

These specially created performances are fully-staged, and performed by a narrator, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and a wonderful cast of singers. Audiences are lead through the story, and hear some of the best-loved music from the opera. Lighting levels in the auditorium are brighter, and people are able to come in and out of the auditorium during the performance and see the show in the bar on TV screens.

Groups welcome – call your local box office to book.

Presenter Allan Dunn

Supported by: Cruach Trust, Forte Charitable Trust, Miss E.C. Hendry's Charitable Trust Murdoch Forrest Charitable Trust and Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust. 

Dementia Friendly performances at Scottish Opera

PRE-SHOW TALKS

TOSCA 2019
Glasgow
Sat 26 Oct 6pm
Aberdeen
Sat 2 Nov 6pm
Inverness
Sat 9 Nov 6pm
Edinburgh
Sat 23 Nov 6pm

NIXON IN CHINA 2020
Glasgow
Sat 22 Feb 6pm
Edinburgh
Sat 29 Feb 6pm

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 2020
Edinburgh
Sat 4 Apr 6pm
Glasgow
Sat 25 Apr 6pm

THE GONDOLIERS 2020
Glasgow
Sat 23 May 6pm
Aberdeen
Sat 30 May 6pm
Inverness
Sat 6 Jun 6pm
Edinburgh
Sat 13 Jun 6pm
London
Sat 18 Jul 6pm

Want to know more about the opera you’re going to see? Look out for a performance with a Pre-show Talk. These free half-hour talks delve deeper into the opera, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge.

Tickets are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Limited availability.

Theatre Royal Glasgow 0844 871 7647
Festival Theatre Edinburgh 0131 529 6000
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen 01224 641 122
Eden Court, Inverness 01463 234 234
Hackney Empire, London 020 8985 2424

See full box office information

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

Touch Tours start at 6pm for evening performances and 1.45pm for Sunday matinees (1.15pm for The Gondoliers on 13 June).

BREAKING THE WAVES 2019
Edinburgh Fri 23 Aug 7.15pm

TOSCA 2019
Glasgow Sat 26 Oct 7.15pm
Aberdeen Sat 2 Nov 7.15pm
Inverness Sat 9 Nov 7.15pm
Edinburgh Sun 17 Nov 3pm

NIXON IN CHINA 2020
Glasgow Sat 22 Feb 7.15pm
Edinburgh Sat 29 Feb 7.15pm

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 2020
Edinburgh Sat 4 Apr 7.15pm
Glasgow Sat 25 Apr 7.15pm

THE GONDOLIERS 2020
Glasgow Sat 23 May 7.15pm
Aberdeen Sat 30 May 7.15pm
Inverness Sat 6 Jun 7.15pm
Edinburgh Sat 13 Jun 2.30pm

Opera: music, costumes, set. We want you to experience it all.

Mention opera and most people think of singing and music, but this is only part of the overall experience. What about scenery, costumes, lighting, direction and choreography? Audio-description helps visually-impaired patrons enjoy the opera experience with a live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music.

As part of the experience, we include:

  • A free introductory CD, sent out in advance of the performance. 
  • A free Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props before the show.
  • An audio introduction 15 minutes before the start of the performance.

If you or someone you know is interested in booking for an audio-described performance, please make this clear when you contact the box office at your chosen theatre. Discounted tickets are available. Tickets for audio-described performances and Touch Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Guide dogs are welcome.

Please note: tickets for audio-described performances at Theatre Royal Glasgow should be booked through their Groups Department at the number below.

Theatre Royal Glasgow 0800 912 6971
Festival Theatre Edinburgh 0131 529 6000
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen 01224 641 122
Eden Court, Inverness 01463 234 234

See full box office information

Audio Described performances at Scottish Opera

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE TEAM?

We are always looking for new audio describers to join our dedicated team. If you have some time to spare and would like to find out what is involved, please contact the team using the form below. 

Contact the team 

ACCESSIBILITY

Find accessibility and venue information for our regular theatres:

Theatre Royal Glasgow
Festival Theatre Edinburgh
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Eden Court, Inverness