Production Director - Douglas Nairne


Douglas was born in Fife and graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a BMus Honours degree in singing. He won a scholarship to study on the Advanced Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he graduated with Distinction. Douglas then returned to Glasgow on a second scholarship to attend the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Douglas has sung with many companies including Scottish Opera, Opera North and Britten Sinfonia and his singing has taken him all over the world, including tours to America and Russia where he performed as a soloist in Britten's Church Parables at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

Working with many fantastic directors during his singing career, including David McVicar, Freddy Wake-Walker, Sir Thomas Allen and Netia Jones, has been a great inspiration to Douglas and encouraged him to take an active interest in directing.


Douglas was assistant director for Opera Bohemia’s productions of Madame Butterfly and Gianni Schicchi before making his directorial debut with Amahl and the Night Visitors for the Absolute Classics festival in Dumfries. Last year he directed La Traviata for Opera Bohemia which toured Scotland visiting 12 venues across the country.

Douglas is delighted to have the opportunity to further this part of his career with Fife Opera where he first appeared in opera as a child actor in Cavalleria Rusticana 25 years ago. He went on to sing with the company many times, performing several principal roles including Don Giovanni and Papageno in the Magic Flute!