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What is Eugene Onegin all about?

Get to know the story of Tchaikovsky’s heart-breaking opera, the music and characters within it, and the production coming to the International Festival this August.

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Something's coming... something good

For world-renowned British conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conducting West Side Story has been a life-long ambition. This year he brings the work to the International Festival so we took the chance to speak to him about why he thinks it’s in a league of its own.

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Celebrating Sir James MacMillan at 60

This year the International Festival celebrate the compelling music and many achievements of Sir James MacMillan as he turns 60. We spoke to the Scottish composer about this year's celebrations and how music is more important now than ever...

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Get to know Aidan Oliver, Chorus Director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Aidan Oliver answers some quickfire questions as he prepares to lead the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

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Get to know ... the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

​Big bangs, Bernstein, and bubbly - what you can expect from the International Festival's closing fireworks concert.

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How a techno piper reinvented Scotland's Bothy Culture

Meet Scotland's ultimate folk revival album, its new orchestral sound, and the man who started it all, Martyn Bennett.

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Get to know... youth orchestras and ensembles

In the Year of Young People, we celebrate these incredibly talented young musicians and introduce you to some of the players performing at the International Festival this year.​

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Lit out loud - spoken word in the programme

It takes more than one language to put on the International Festival, and more than one way of speaking it. Get to know the performance poetry that has inspired parts of the programme this August.

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What is The Barber of Seville all about?

Get to know more about Rossini's comedic opera, its use in pop culture, and of course the production that comes to the International Festival in August.

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Get to know the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

As resident company at the 2018 International Festival, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord brings three contrasting yet equally daring works to Edinburgh.

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Get to know musicians joining The Music of The Incredible String Band line-up

To tell us about more about The Music of The Incredible String Band line-up is curator of the concert Joe Boyd, who managed the band and produced their albums in the 1960s.

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Get to know María Pagés

Get to know the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés, who brings Yo, Carmen to the International Festival this August.