OPERA UNWRAPPED

PELLÉAS AND MÉLISANDE
Glasgow Tue 28 Feb 6pm 
Edinburgh Wed 8 Mar 6pm 

BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE & THE 8TH DOOR
Glasgow
 Wed 29 Mar 6pm
Edinburgh Thu 6 Apr 6pm

LA BOHÈME
Glasgow
 Thu 11 May 6pm
Aberdeen Fri 26 May 6pm
Edinburgh Thu 1 Jun 6pm
Inverness Wed 14 Jun 6pm

 

Whether you’re new to opera or an old hand, you can find out more at Opera Unwrapped – a free 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 musical highlights and be introduced to the principal characters from the opera, the plot and some key scenes. You’ll also find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some of the theatrical secrets behind the production.

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

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

PRE-SHOW TALKS

PELLÉAS AND MÉLISANDE
Glasgow Sat 4 Mar 6pm
Edinburgh Sat 11 Mar 6pm 

BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE & THE 8TH DOOR
Glasgow
Sat 1 Apr 6pm
Edinburgh Sat 8 Apr 6pm

LA BOHÈME
Glasgow
Sat 20 May 6pm
Aberdeen Sat 27 May 6pm
Edinburgh Sat 10 Jun 6pm
Inverness Sat 17 Jun 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

See full box office information

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY 
PERFORMANCES

LA BOHÈME 
Glasgow
Sat 13 May 3pm
Edinburgh
Sat 3 Jun 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.

Tickets are £10, and can be booked by calling the box office at your chosen venue.

Theatre Royal Glasgow 0844 871 7647
Festival Theatre Edinburgh 0131 529 6000

See full box office information.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

PELLÉAS AND MÉLISANDE
Glasgow
Sat 4 Mar 7.15pm
Edinburgh Sat 11 Mar 7.15pm

BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE & THE 8TH DOOR
Glasgow
Sat 1 Apr 7.15pm
Edinburgh Sat 8 Apr 7.15pm 

LA BOHÈME
Glasgow
Sun 14 May 4pm
Aberdeen Sat 27 May 7.15pm
Edinburgh Sat 10 Jun 7.15pm
Inverness Sat 17 Jun 7.15pm

Touch Tours start at 6pm for evening performances and 2.45pm for Sunday matinees.

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 0844 871 7602
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

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 email Iona Jack

ACCESSIBILITY

Find accessibility and venue information for our regular theatres:

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