Ayrshire Opera Experience (AOE) & the Scots Opera Project (SOP) are a new and exciting Scottish arts organisation based in the west coast of Scotland.
Formed in 2014 by Creative Director & Tenor David Douglas, their first summer school project culminated with a performance of a Scots language production of Charpentier's Acteon, the company has continued to develop and grow, becoming the first company to present an operatic performance at the globally respected Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards in 2015.
A mixture of professional singers, instrumentalists and a community ensemble makes AOE & SOP a unique company that aims to bring opera to the wider public.
Performance highlights include: Ae Spark O’ Nature’s Fire, The Genius of Robert Burns, Alloway Session 2015, North Ayrshire’s Fusion Festival, The Two Brigs, Acteon tour, live performance's on BBC Scotland's Classics Unwrapped and STV Glasgow's The Riverside Show, street theatre as part of TamFest, Burns Aflame, Burns Alicht, performance's of a newly created opera at the Largs’ Viking festival and the premier of a new Scots language version of Charpentier’s The Descent of Orpheus to the Underworld. Recently the group created and performed a new Scots version of Mozart's The Magic Flute. This summer sees the creating of a Scots and Gaelic version of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and producing a revival of their 2014 production of The Descent O' Orpheus Tae The Underwarl.