Free Events



 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.


You’ll hear highlights from singers, and be introduced to the principal characters from the opera, the plot and some key scenes. Learn about props, lighting, direction and some of the theatrical secrets behind the production. Join The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, singers and back-stage crew to find out everything you need to know to make the most of your night at the opera.


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


Madama Butterfly Unwrapped

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Fri 9 May 6pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow Thu 22 May 6pm

Eden Court, Inverness Fri 6 Jun 6pm

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Fri 13 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. 


Madama Butterfly

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 17 May 6pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 31 May 6pm

Eden Court, Inverness Sat 7 Jun 6pm

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 14 Jun 6pm


A Little Bit of… 

Our A Little Bit of… performances take opera out of the theatre, with the full-scale shows we have on in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen cleverly

re-written into lively 20-minute versions.


Based on a form of Japanese storytelling, the stories unfold to a series of colourful illustrations, brought to life by a storyteller, singer and two instrumentalists.