Free Events



Widen your opera experience with in-depth talks, pop-up shows and back-stage insights. 


Whether you're new to opera or an old hand, we have a free event to help enhance your enjoyment of our productions. Choose from Opera Unwrapped, our Pre-show talks, or our Pop-up Opera Roadshow.


 Opera Unwrapped 


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 venue, our Unwrapped events involve singers, back-stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. You’ll hear highlights from the music 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.


The Marriage of Figaro Unwrapped
Glasgow Wed 19 Oct 6pm

Aberdeen Fri 28 Oct 6pm
Inverness Fri 4 Nov 6pm

Edinburgh Thu 10 Nov 6pm


Pelléas and Mélisande Unwrapped
Glasgow Tue 28 Feb 6pm

Edinburgh Wed 8 Mar 6pm


Bluebeard's Castle & The 8th Door Unwrapped
Glasgow Wed 29 Mar 6pm

Edinburgh Thu 6 Apr 6pm


La bohème Unwrapped
Glasgow Thu 11 May 6pm

Aberdeen Fri 26 May 6pm
Edinburgh Thu 1 Jun 6pm Inverness Wed 14 Jun 6pm



Pre-show talks


Want to know even 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 of the piece.


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

The Mikado

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 7 May 6pm

Eden Court, Inverness Sat 21 May 6pm

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 28 May 6pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 4 Jun 6pm