Alasdair Nicolson


The Tinsel Storm [2004-] Chamber Opera

Libretto by Philip Ridley. Commissioned by Opera Theatre Scotland and the RSAMD. Premiere in preparation.


Ice [2001] Opera Libretto by Andy Rashleigh.

First performed by members of the community, Carole Irvine, Richard Morris and the CLS conducted by the composer.Commissioned by the City of London Sinfonia


Shawna and Ron’s Half Moon [2000] Chamber Opera

Text by Eva Salzman. A three composer collaboration with Ian MacQueen and Philip Cashian. First performed by members of The Knack.Commissioned by English Nationa Opera Studio.


The Big Issue [1998] Baritone & piano

Text by the composer. First performed by Hatstand Opera at the London Coliseum. Commissioned by the Covent Garden Festival.


Single Letters [1988] Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor & Tape

First performed by Carole Irvine and William Deighan as part of the 1998 Covent Garden Festival. Commissioned by the Covent Garden Festival.


Cat Man’s Tale [1997] Chamber Opera

Libretto by David Harrower. First performed by Opera Circus at the Garrison Theatre, Lerwick, and subsequently on tour throughout the UK. (October 1997 to June 1998.)Commissioned by Opera Circus.


Lanark [1997] Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, 2 Cellos & Violin.

Text by Alastair Cording after Alasdair Gray's novel. First performed by Carole Irvinve and Stuart MacIntyre at the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh as part of the 1997 Edinburgh Festival. Commissioned and first performed by TAG Theatre Company


Greenvoe [1997] 5 actors and ensemble

Text by Stewart Conn after George Mackay Brown's novel. First performed by the BBC SSO conducted by Peter Jones at the 1998 St Magnus Festival. Subsequent performances at the Northlands Festival.Radio broadcast as Radio Scotland’s tribute to George MacKayBrown.Commissioned by BBC Radio Scotland.


Five Card Trick [1995] Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone & Ensemble

Libretto by Janice Galloway after her own novel "The Trick is to keep breathing". First performed by Donald Maxwell and Linda Ormiston with the Perth Festival Ensemble conducted by Wyn Davies at the Perth Theatre. May 1995 Commissioned by the Music Box.


The Ballad of Bulbous Sniff [1994] Mime, Mezzo-Soprano & Ensemble

Text by composer and Orit Azaz. First performed by Carole Irvine and the EOS Ensemble conducted by Charles Hazlewood as part of the South Bank Centre’s Boom Boom Series at the Purcell Room, London, October 1994.Commissioned by EOS.


Cassandra [1989] Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Brass Quintet & 1 Percussion

Text by the composer. First performed by Frances MacCafferty, Irene Drummond and members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer. Commissioned by the Scottish Masking Company.


Hildegard [1988] Chamber Opera

Libretto by Roger Savage. First performed by Edinburgh University Opera conducted by the composer.Commissioned by Edinburgh University Opera