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19 August 2017

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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 1

Gardiner gathered together a superb line-up of singer
18 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
L'Orfeo

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 2

Krystian Adam was outstanding as an emotionally sensitive, and determined, Orfeo
17 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
Monteverdi takes centre stage at the Edinburgh International Festival
17 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
Peter Grimes

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Stuart Skelton is Peter Grimes at the Edinburgh International Festival
17 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
The night belonged to Stuart Skelton as Peter Grimes
17 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes
16 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
Another glorious triumph
16 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
A tumultuous reception for Britten’s masterpiece
15 Aug 17 / Telegraph
Die Walküre

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 7

RSNO need no set to light Valkyrie’s fire
14 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
Bryn Terfel’s capacity as Wotan continues to be admirable
9 Aug 17 / Classical Source
Memorable and epic Die Walküre at Edinburgh International Festival
9 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
Wagner en terres anglophones
9 Aug 17 / Forum Opéra
A little magic in the air: Davis conducts the RSNO in a thrilling Die Walküre
8 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Quite a ride!
8 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
Terfel’s complex Wotan evoked the spirit of Shakespeare’s King Lear
8 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
Greek

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 9

Alex Otterburn as the Oedipal Stuart, trying to escape from Fate and Tuffnell Park, was devastating and terrifying
14 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
The real clincher in this production is Hill-Gibbons’ focus on psychology rather than epoch
8 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
Who would have thought ketchup and beans could feature so garishly in an opera or symbolise so much?
8 Aug 17 / Classical Source
Bold and tacky
8 Aug 17 / The Stage
Cockney opera mixes the baleful and the banal
8 Aug 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Re-unveiling of EIF’s past glory is mesmerising when it works
7 Aug 17 / Telegraph
Oedipus opera update as relevant and risque as ever
7 Aug 17 / The Guardian
The evening belongs to Alex Otterburn's Eddy
7 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
For Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Alex Otterburn the central role of Eddy is a huge achievement
6 Aug 17 / The Herald
Opera director Joe Hill-Gibbins: How I got an Oepidus complex
The ancient myth speaks to us still, and, through the prism of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s hard-hitting opera Greek, the director of a new production found insights, strange beauty and football chants.
Don Giovanni

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 4

A stripped-down production in more ways than one
12 Aug 17 / Telegraph
Ivan Fischer's singular vision leaves his singers in limbo
11 Aug 17 / The Guardian
The orchestra sets the scene brilliantly from Fischer’s first down beat
11 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
The devil is in the detail
11 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
Così fan tutte

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 9

Performances were strong across the board
30 Aug 16 / The Arts Desk
This production is uncomfortable and often unpleasant to watch
28 Aug 16 / The Herald
EIF’s Così fan tutte explores the opera’s darker side in an unsettling sexual manner
27 Aug 16 / Seen and Heard
Grown-up and intelligent
27 Aug 16 / The Opera Critic
Mozart's frothy opera turns nasty
27 Aug 16 / The Guardian
Points made, but underlined in red: a superbly performed Edinburgh Così fan tutte – for adults
27 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
This staging of Così fan tutte is a scandal – but not because of the nudity
27 Aug 16 / Telegraph
Racial and sexual abuse should shock audiences, not the titillation
27 Aug 16 / The Conversation
Brutal, challenging production that uses a sublime account of Mozart's music to nail home its point
26 Aug 16 / The Stage
Another fight at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte row over wages
The South African production of Mozart’s masterpiece Cosi Fan Tutte ran into further trouble when it transferred to France.
Edinburgh Festival offers refunds before ‘extreme’ opera opens
The Edinburgh International Festival has taken the unprecedented step of offering refunds for one of its flagship operas before it is even staged in the city due to its extreme content.
Das Rheingold

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Valery Gergiev dirige L'Or du Rhin au Festival International d'Edimbourg
18 Aug 16 / Opera Online
A concert Rheingold full of emotional flow
18 Aug 16 / The Opera Critic
A powerful, authoritative performance that never flagged throughout its intimidating duration
17 Aug 16 / The Herald
Das Rheingold with a Russian flavour from Gergiev and Mariinsky Opera
17 Aug 16 / Seen and Heard
Mariinsky Rheingold a promising start to Edinburgh Festival’s concert Ring
17 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
Norma

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 6

The fiery Italian mezzo owned the stage as Bellini’s vengeful priestess
8 Aug 16 / The Guardian
"Hell hath no fury": Cecilia Bartoli in Norma at the Edinburgh International Festival
8 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
Bartoli's emotional Norma
8 Aug 16 / The Opera Critic
Dramatically strong
7 Aug 16 / The Stage
Triumph for classic opera with an anti-fascist twist
7 Aug 16 / The Herald
It was a close-run thing - but Cecilia Bartoli's Norma is a furious triumph
7 Aug 16 / Telegraph
Edinburgh International Festival reveals first 2016 production
The Salzburg Festival's production of Bellini's Norma will open the opera section, with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role.
Die Zauberflöte

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 9

The Magic Flute has never made more cartoonish sense
3 Sep 15 / The Spectator
Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s production will have you rolling in the aisles
1 Sep 15 / WOW247
Lost in animation
31 Aug 15 / The Opera Critic
The Magic Flute pays homage to the era of silent films
31 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
All the makings of a classic
29 Aug 15 / The Guardian
A "non-stop visual treat to accompany Mozart's strange fairytale"
29 Aug 15 / What's on Stage
Komische Oper’s Die Zauberflöte enchants at the Edinburgh Festival
29 Aug 15 / Bachtrack
The Magic Flute as silent movie, marrying many styles and eras with masterfully delivered music
29 Aug 15 / The Stage
Cute, but never sublime
29 Aug 15 / Telegraph
Barrie Kosky
'When I first saw The Magic Flute, I didn't get it and I didn't like it'
HMS Pinafore

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 4

The audience was clearly enthralled throughout
25 Aug 15 / Edinburgh Guide
Starry casting in Edinburgh’s HMS Pinafore
25 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
Joyless, stifled and stilted
25 Aug 15 / The Guardian
Having fun at the Festival
24 Aug 15 / The Opera Critic
Le nozze di Figaro

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 6

The pace, ease and fun of the evening was contagious
25 Aug 15 / Edinburgh Guide
Even the best Stravinsky can’t beat mediocre Mozart
20 Aug 15 / The Spectator
Top-rank singers bring emotional power to Mozart’s Figaro
19 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
A high energy Figaro
17 Aug 15 / The Opera Critic
Without heart
15 Aug 15 / Telegraph
Fischer's innovative take on Mozart
15 Aug 15 / The Guardian
The Rake's Progress

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Even the best Stravinsky can’t beat mediocre Mozart
20 Aug 15 / The Spectator
A performance that enchanted from start to finish
18 Aug 15 / WOW247
Concert performance of The Rake’s Progress feels operatic
17 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
A joyous Rake's Progress
17 Aug 15 / The Opera Critic
Too good to be true: A very fine Rakes Progress at the Edinburgh International Festival
15 Aug 15 / Bachtrack
A rare, tender Stravinsky staging
14 Aug 15 / The Guardian
The Last Hotel

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Seedy menace
14 Aug 15 / Telegraph
World première of The Last Hotel at the Edinburgh Festival
12 Aug 15 / Bachtrack
Darkly compelling examination of suicide and loneliness
12 Aug 15 / The Stage
New Dennehy/Walsh opera tackles assisted suicide
12 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
A searingly powerful new chamber opera
12 Aug 15 / The Guardian
A new opera from Enda Walsh proves a coup for the EIF
11 Aug 15 / What's on Stage
Thoughtful and life enhancing
10 Aug 15 / The Opera Critic
Les Troyens

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Mariinsky Opera's Yannis Kokkos delivers a stylised Berlioz production
2 Sep 14 / The List
The production for the Mariinsky Opera lacks cohesion, but the orchestral playing is magnificent
1 Sep 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
A rough-and-ready performance of Berlioz's neoclassical epic fails to stir
30 Aug 14 / Telegraph
Mariinsky without the magic
30 Aug 14 / The Guardian
Russians bearing gifts: Mariinsky Opera brings Les Troyens to the Edinburgh Festival
30 Aug 14 / Bachtrack
A tale of two cities, and two women
30 Aug 14 / The Opera Critic
Russian stars bring rich operatic highlight to last week of Edinburgh Festival
29 Aug 14 / The Arts Desk
Guillaume Tell

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 4

William Tell brims with a palpable sense of relevance
29 Aug 14 / Bachtrack
A pin-sharp performance
29 Aug 14 / The Opera Critic
Hugely enjoyable
28 Aug 14 / Telegraph
Noseda does justice to Rossini's freedom fighter
28 Aug 14 / The Guardian
Owen Wingrave

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 3

Crack team perform Owen Wingrave
18 Aug 14 / Seen and Heard
Neil Bartlett's production of Britten's opera is timely and moving
18 Aug 14 / What's on Stage
Bringing out the universality of Owen Wingrave
18 Aug 14 / The Opera Critic
American Lulu

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 9

A tedious and pointless production, saved by the singing
4 Sep 13 / Opera Britannia
Short of convincing
3 Sep 13 / Edinburgh Festival Guide
The material does nothing to endear its audience
3 Sep 13 / The Stage
Olga Neuwirth’s new interpretation of Alban Berg’s unfinished Lulu failed on every count
3 Sep 13 / Independent
Olga Neuwirth’s new staging of Alban Berg’s masterwork is neutered and confused
3 Sep 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Olga Neuwirth's reinterpretation of Alban Berg's opera Lulu must be judged a fairly comprehensive failure
2 Sep 13 / The Herald
Olga Neuwirth's misfiring reinterpretation of Alban Berg's unfinished opera is little improved by this new production
2 Sep 13 / The Guardian
A hypocritical exercise
2 Sep 13 / The Opera Critic
This update turns Lulu from an inexplicable force of nature to just another product of politics
2 Sep 13 / Telegraph
Alban Berg's Lulu turns freedom fighter
Lulu is one of opera's most astonishing characters, a femme fatale who manipulates and murders her way to a terrible end. Now she's been turned into a black American freedom fighter, singing to a jazz score.
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 9

It's been a tough week for the women of opera
2 Sep 13 / Independent
A lavish Dido and an austere Bluebeard
28 Aug 13 / The Herald
Frankfurt Opera drew out the connections between these two apparently disparate works
28 Aug 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Complexity is created through simplicity in both of Oper Frankfurt’s shimmering offerings
28 Aug 13 / The Stage
Unconventional pairing, but an enthralling double bill
28 Aug 13 / Opera Britannia
An emotion-packed performance
27 Aug 13 / Edinburgh Guide
Odd pairing of Purcell and Bartók operas
27 Aug 13 / Seen and Heard
Unusual bedfellows
26 Aug 13 / The Opera Critic
Frankfurt Opera's stylish and astutely directed double bill succeeds in shining new light on both Bartók and Purcell
26 Aug 13 / The Guardian
Dido and Aeneas

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 9

It's been a tough week for the women of opera
2 Sep 13 / Independent
A lavish Dido and an austere Bluebeard
28 Aug 13 / The Herald
Frankfurt Opera drew out the connections between these two apparently disparate works
28 Aug 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Complexity is created through simplicity in both of Oper Frankfurt’s shimmering offerings
28 Aug 13 / The Stage
Unconventional pairing, but an enthralling double bill
28 Aug 13 / Opera Britannia
Odd pairing of Purcell and Bartók operas
27 Aug 13 / Seen and Heard
Purcell’s best known opera was given a radical new twist
27 Aug 13 / Edinburgh Guide
Frankfurt Opera's stylish and astutely directed double bill succeeds in shining new light on both Bartók and Purcell
26 Aug 13 / The Guardian
Unusual bedfellows
26 Aug 13 / The Opera Critic
Fidelio

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 8

The concept itself was doomed from take off
15 Aug 13 / Opera Britannia
A worthy musical performance compromised by a dog’s breakfast production
14 Aug 13 / Seen and Heard
Futuristic space travel and the Napoleonic era jostle uncomfortably in conceptual production from Lyon
14 Aug 13 / The Arts Desk
Fidelio, but not as we know it
13 Aug 13 / The Opera Critic
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Another fight at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte row over wages
The South African production of Mozart’s masterpiece Cosi Fan Tutte ran into further trouble when it transferred to France.
28 Aug 2016 / Telegraph
Edinburgh Festival offers refunds before ‘extreme’ opera opens
The Edinburgh International Festival has taken the unprecedented step of offering refunds for one of its flagship operas before it is even staged in the city due to its extreme content.
27 Jul 2016 / The Scotsman
Edinburgh International Festival reveals first 2016 production
The Salzburg Festival's production of Bellini's Norma will open the opera section, with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role.
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