What is Paisley Opera?

We are a group of highly experienced professional singers, musicians, stage directors and technicians who have in common a passion for keeping opera alive and about involving local people in the company as much as we can.

Our artistic director, Simon Hannigan moved to Paisley in 2010 and instantly fell in love with the town becoming more and more convinced that Paisley is an ideal place for this long-planned project.


It doesn’t matter if you have never sung before… One of our tenors had only ever sung on football terraces!


I didn’t know I could sing and didn’t know anything about opera, like most people I thought it was a bit posh and not for me, but now I love it!


It’s tremendously encouraging to see opera initiatives springing up away from the formality of the city theatres.

The Scotsman
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