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19 October 2017

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La bohème

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 4

Triumphant love scenes and clever staging enhance a production that only shines on occasion
30 Aug 17 / The Stage
A great show but these modern-day updates are getting tedious
28 Aug 17 / Telegraph
Ensemble work of the highest order
28 Aug 17 / The Times
Puccini's melodies warm up the harsh urban setting
28 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
Macbeth

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 11

Un exorcismo necesario
30 Aug 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
Teatro Regio’s festival Macbeth was inventive but incoherent
27 Aug 17 / The Times
Gianandrea Noseda and Turin’s Teatro Regio convey the full force of Verdi’s first Shakespeare opera
26 Aug 17 / The Observer
Striking but not always convincing
23 Aug 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
A musically satisfying spectacle
22 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
Opulent Turin Macbeth arrives at Edinburgh International Festival
22 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
Dalibor Jenis delivers a powerful performance in the title role
22 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
Blessed with musical power but lacks detail
22 Aug 17 / The Stage
The production is strong in choreography and invokes Grigorovich’s ballets
21 Aug 17 / Classical Source
Authentic Italian rawness and energy
20 Aug 17 / Telegraph
High camp, dark drama and more than a hint of Game of Thrones
20 Aug 17 / The Guardian
La Damnation de Faust

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 2

Sir Mark Elder leads Hallé in sensational-sounding Faust
22 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
A dramatic and engaging reading of Berlioz' Faust tale
22 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
L'incoronazione di Poppea

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 3

A Monteverdi journey ends with Poppea
20 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
a magnificent conclusion to Gardiner’s celebratory Monteverdi opera trilogy
20 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
Thrilling Poppea cements Gardiner’s greatness in epic Festival feat
19 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 3

A very satisfying performance
20 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
‘Sheer beauty’: Il Ritorno d’Ulisse is another triumph for Gardiner’s Monteverdi Trilogy
19 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Gardiner gathered together a superb line-up of singer
18 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
L'Orfeo

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 3

Gardiner’s ’fresh, dynamic’ L’Orfeo makes for a compellingly theatrical experience
19 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
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: 6

A superb cast and huge forces thrill in Bergen Opera’s minimalist staging of Britten’s masterpiece
19 Aug 17 / The Guardian
The night belonged to Stuart Skelton as Peter Grimes
17 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
Stuart Skelton is Peter Grimes at the Edinburgh International Festival
17 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Another glorious triumph
16 Aug 17 / The Scotsman
Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes
16 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
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
Wagner en terres anglophones
9 Aug 17 / Forum Opéra
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
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
A little magic in the air: Davis conducts the RSNO in a thrilling Die Walküre
8 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
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
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
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
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

A concert Rheingold full of emotional flow
18 Aug 16 / The Opera Critic
Valery Gergiev dirige L'Or du Rhin au Festival International d'Edimbourg
18 Aug 16 / Opera Online
Mariinsky Rheingold a promising start to Edinburgh Festival’s concert Ring
17 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
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
Norma

Edinburgh International Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Bartoli's emotional Norma
8 Aug 16 / The Opera Critic
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
It was a close-run thing - but Cecilia Bartoli's Norma is a furious triumph
7 Aug 16 / Telegraph
Dramatically strong
7 Aug 16 / The Stage
Triumph for classic opera with an anti-fascist twist
7 Aug 16 / The Herald
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
The Magic Flute pays homage to the era of silent films
31 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
Lost in animation
31 Aug 15 / The Opera Critic
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
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
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

Starry casting in Edinburgh’s HMS Pinafore
25 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
Joyless, stifled and stilted
25 Aug 15 / The Guardian
The audience was clearly enthralled throughout
25 Aug 15 / Edinburgh Guide
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
Fischer's innovative take on Mozart
15 Aug 15 / The Guardian
Without heart
15 Aug 15 / Telegraph
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
A joyous Rake's Progress
17 Aug 15 / The Opera Critic
Concert performance of The Rake’s Progress feels operatic
17 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
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
New Dennehy/Walsh opera tackles assisted suicide
12 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
A searingly powerful new chamber opera
12 Aug 15 / The Guardian
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
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

A pin-sharp performance
29 Aug 14 / The Opera Critic
William Tell brims with a palpable sense of relevance
29 Aug 14 / Bachtrack
Noseda does justice to Rossini's freedom fighter
28 Aug 14 / The Guardian
Hugely enjoyable
28 Aug 14 / Telegraph
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
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)
Short of convincing
3 Sep 13 / Edinburgh Festival Guide
The material does nothing to endear its audience
3 Sep 13 / The Stage
This update turns Lulu from an inexplicable force of nature to just another product of politics
2 Sep 13 / Telegraph
Olga Neuwirth's reinterpretation of Alban Berg's opera Lulu must be judged a fairly comprehensive failure
2 Sep 13 / The Herald
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.
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The South African production of Mozart’s masterpiece Cosi Fan Tutte ran into further trouble when it transferred to France.
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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.
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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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