"A brilliant new work that makes you think...spine tingling opera"

Opera Britannia

One of the most exciting and expressive composers working today, Stuart MacRae is equally at home writing opera, orchestral music, chamber music and music for choirs. Dramatic and surprising, his music takes listeners on a journey through perceptions of nature, striking imagery and the landscape of human emotion.

"Put out the flags, because it’s not often one can hail a new opera that integrates a musically taut score into a theatrically effective narrative. An even rarer cause for rejoicing is a new opera during which one can close one’s eyes and still hear the text and feel the drama. So it’s respect all round for The Devil Inside"

The Telegraph

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Scottish Opera will premiere the latest opera by Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh. Set on a ship in an Arctic fjord, the opera is a mystery-thriller and is directed by Matthew Richardson with designs by Samal Blak. Performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.

Piano Sonata No.2 shortlisted for the Dorico Award in the Scottish Awards for New Music

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OUT NOW on Delphian Records - Cantata for Soloists, Choir and Lyre, with the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber (cond.) and Bill Taylor (lyre)

The Devil Inside was shortlisted for the Achievement in Opera award at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards and the inaugural Sunday Herald Culture Awards

Performances coming up

ANTHROPOCENE - an opera in 3 acts

World premiere production

Scottish Opera

Theatre Royal Glasgow

24th & 26th January 2019 7.15pm

King's Theatre Edinburgh

31st Jan & 2nd Feb 2019 7.15pm

Hackney Empire London

7th & 9th February 2019 7.30pm

New work

World premiere

Sarah Watts, contrabass clarinet

Isle of Raasay Distillery

11th April 2019 2pm


Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Eugene Tzigane, conductor

New Auditiorium

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

22nd May 2019 1pm


I am Prometheus

World premiere

The Hebrides Ensemble

Will Conway, director & cello

Joshua Ellicott, Tenor

Emily Hoile, Harp

Pencaitland Parish Church

The Lammermuir Festival

19th September 2018 3pm


New works are in the pipeline for contrabass clarinettist Sarah Watts, and the Lammermuir Festival, including a major new work for the Lammermuir Festival based on the myth of Prometheus. This project has been supported by The Composers’ Fund. The Composers’ Fund is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative in association with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

About Stuart



Born in Inverness in 1976, Stuart MacRae has established himself as one of the most distinctive composers of his generation, writing music of elemental power and emotional subtlety. His works include a Violin Concerto (2001), Hamartia for cello and ensemble (2004), and Gaudete for soprano and orchestra (2008), all of which have been performed at the BBC Proms. Works for the stage include the dance-opera Echo and Narcissus (2007) and the opera Ghost Patrol (2012), a collaboration with writer Louise Welsh for Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales, which won the 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Opera and was shortlisted for an Olivier Award.  

Stuart’s music has been performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Edinburgh International Festival, and by ensembles including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, BCMG and London Sinfonietta, as well as numerous orchestras.   Stuart was Composer in Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1999 to 2003. He was resident composer at the Spannungen Kammermusikfest in Heimbach, Germany in 2003, and Edinburgh Festival Creative Fellow at the University of Edinburgh from 2005 to 2006. From 2006 to 2007 he was a resident composer at Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany.   

Recent projects include the opera The Devil Inside, written for Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera, Cantata, for the Choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, and a series of works based on the Prometheus myth for the Lammermuir Festival.


Stuart MacRae's page at Novello & Co Ltd.

Funding is gratefully acknowledged from: #TheComposersFund

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Photo credits: Loudon MacRae Photography (photos of Stuart)

Bill Cooper (production photo of Ben McAteer, Steven Page and Rachel Kelly in The Devil Inside)