Magnetic Opera, “a definite force for good” (Financial Times), was founded in 2014 by conductor Calum Fraser. The touring company was born out of a passion to provide accessible and affordable opera to a diverse audience whilst developing emerging professional singers, directors and designers. With the continued goal to make the genre more accessible, all operas are performed in English, bringing modern takes on popular and well-loved works. The company’s boutique approach to staging innovative and entertaining operas in a variety of intimate venues hopes to inspire the next generation of audiences and performers alike.
Magnetic Opera’s inaugural production was The Barber of Seville in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014. This was followed in 2015 by Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda which was performed in Stirling Castle and Falkland Palace, former homes of Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as performances in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Herald ****). In 2016, Magnetic Opera produced critically acclaimed performances of La bohème in Edinburgh and London (The Herald *****). In January 2017, Magnetic Opera performed its first site-specific opera in London, with Menotti’s The Medium receiving a four-star review from Planet Hugill. The company’s most recent production, The Marriage of Figaro, was performed in Edinburgh and London, receiving favourable reviews across the board.