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 A Little Bit of... series.


Opera Unwrapped 


Opera Unwrapped is a free hour-long taster that gives you the chance to see what the shows we stage are all about.


Presented from the set of each production, 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.

Il trovatore Unwrapped

Theatre Royal Glasgow Mon 11 May 6pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Fri 22 May 6pm

Eden Court, Inverness Fri 5 Jun 6pm

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Fri 12 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. 



Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 11 Apr 6pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 18 Apr 6pm


Il trovatore

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sun 17 May 2.45pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 30 May 6pm

Eden Court, Inverness Sat 6 Jun 6pm

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 13 Jun 6pm



 A Little Bit of… 


A Little Bit of…takes opera out of the theatre, with shows we perform in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen cleverly re-written into lively 20-minute versions. Based on a form of Japanese storyetelling the stories unfold to a series of colourful illustrations, brought to life by a storyteller, singer and two instrumentalists.