Developing New Talent


Scottish Opera has a long history of nurturing talent; from performance to the creation of new work, we’ve always seen our duty to the future of opera in Scotland as an integral part of our activity. This season we have a whole range of activity based around up-and-coming talent – from new student writers and composers to new voices to look out for, including our own Emerging Artists.



Emerging Artists


Our Emerging Artists programme gives young artists the opportunity of a lifetime – a period of full-time work with the Company to help them launch their careers. Initially set up in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to nurture outstanding young singers, the programme now also includes positions for a director, a repetiteur and a costume trainee.


Find out more, including recital dates during 2014/15.



Encouraging New Opera
In collaboration with the University of Aberdeen | Part of Sound Festival 2014


Supported by The Leverhulme Trust


For the last 12 months, we’ve been working with undergraduate writers and composers at the University of Aberdeen to encourage the next generation of opera makers. Working with two experienced mentors – composer Gareth Williams and director and dramaturg Matthew Richardson – the students have created two short operas that will premiere at 2014’s Sound Festival in Aberdeen.


Sun 2 Nov 3pm & 7pm | Johnston Hall, University of Aberdeen



National Opera Studio
Supported by Help Musicians UK, and the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust


The National Opera Studio provides individual, high-quality professional training for singers and repetiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation. Run by renowned soprano Kathryn Harries (appearing in Jenůfa in April
2014), the Studio is engaged by the UK’s leading opera companies to deliver its training programmes. This year, Scottish Opera is again hosting a week-long residency for the trainees, culminating in a free, semi-staged performance on the set of Orfeo ed Euridice, accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.


Conductor Derek Clark
Director Elaine Kidd


Fri 27 Feb 6pm | Theatre Royal Glasgow 


Tickets are free and available from the Theatre Royal Box Office, or by telephone on 0844 871 7647.