Who We Are

NOISE is an exciting new opera company based in Glasgow and led by director James Robert Carson. It was founded in 2011 with the intention of broadening the audience for contemporary opera in Scotland.

NOISE Artistic Director 

Robert Colour

James Robert Carson (photo by Kris Kesiak)

James Robert Carson is a theatre and opera director. He founded and is the Artistic Director of NOISE, New Opera In Scotland Events.

Originally from the South West Scotland he attended Stirling University. This was followed by two years in San Francisco working in experimental theatre and a year in Japan studying with a company of Noh actors.

After studying at The Drama Centre, London, he started working on the London Fringe. From 1988 – 1990 he was attached to The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

Freelancing throughout Britain he has produced work in many theatres including Dundee Rep, Greenwich Theatre, The Citizens Theatre Glasgow, The Albany Empire, The Arcola and The Embassy Theatre. He has worked for touring companies such as ETT and directed commercial productions of Dad’s Army and ‘Allo ‘Allo.

He has also directed in many of the leading Drama Schools and has just been appointed a senior lecturer in drama at the University of East Anglia.

His work in opera started at Glyndebourne where he has worked on numerous occasions most recently reviving Peter Hall’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has produced operas for Greek National Opera, Holland Park Opera, Scottish Opera Go Round, English Touring Opera, Opera on a Shoestring and the Aldeburgh Festival. He has also produced operas and scenes for The Royal College, The Royal Academy, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Die Nieuwe Opera Academie in Amsterdam.

James Robert has recently taken up an appointment as a Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of East Anglia.




Anna Hainsworth – Chair

James Robert Carson – Artistic Director

Gareth Williams – Music Director

Alasdair Campbell

Jamie MacDougall

Alayne Swanson


Special Adviser to the Company – Stephen White




NOISE (New Opera in Scotland Events) is a Registered Charity, SC045753,

as well as a Limited Company, No. SC391297.


Company Address: 1/1, 10 Circus Drive, Glasgow, Scotland, G31 2JH