A co-commission and co-production between Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera Music: Stuart MacRae Libretto: Louise Welsh

Ghost Patrol recounts the fall-out after heavy-drinking landlord Alasdair discovers that a homeless thief he has apprehended in his pub is someone he knows, Sam, who had been in the same army platoon as him. It was co-commissioned by Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales for the 50th birthday celebrations of Scottish Opera.


First Performance: Thursday 27 September 2012 – Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House

Ghost Patrol won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Opera in 2013.


  • Vicki Jane Harrington
  • Sam Nicholas Sharratt
  • Alasdair James McOran-Campbell
  • Pre-recorded voices Marie Claire Breen, Jonathan Cooke, Ross McInroy, Shuna Scott Sendall
  • Film Actors Ian Brooke, James Cameron, Zaynah Iyyaz, Finlay MacMillan


  • Conductor Michael Rafferty
  • Director Matthew Richardson
  • Designer Samal Blak
  • Lighting Designer Ace McCarron
  • Video Designer Tim Reid
  • Flight Director Raymond Short


“Stuart MacRae’s three-hander about the scars of war, to a libretto by Louise Welsh, does everything modern opera is supposed to do: it asks questions, stirs the imagination, challenges complacency, grabs the heart. Oh, and it renews the art form, too. You come out feeling different – about love, life and death.”

The Financial Times on Ghost Patrol September 2012

“This is morality play and domestic drama in one, spiced with crime, passion and punishment: very operatic.”

Opera Magazine