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Five conductors share their operatic favourites

This year’s epic opera programme features stunning productions of masterpieces from Verdi, Mozart, Puccini and Turnage, concert performances by mighty orchestras and the finest soloists of Wagner and Britten, as well as a special series celebrating Monteverdi’s works. We spoke to five conductors about their favourite musical moments from the operas they’re bringing to the International Festival this year. Watch each video below to hear their picks.


Gianandrea Noseda

Teatro Regio Torino music director and conductor Gianandrea Noseda picks out the pieces he loves most from La bohème.

Iván Fischer 

Iván Fischer, conductor and production director of Don Giovanni, shares his favourite moments from throughout the opera.

Stuart Stratford 

Stuart Stratford, who conducts Greek at this year’s International Festival, tells us all about his favourite piece from Turnage’s opera.

Sir Andrew Davis

Die Walküre conductor, Sir Andrew Davis, shares his favourite scene from Wagner’s unforgettable tale.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Founder and artistic director of Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, will conduct all three of Monteverdi’s surviving operas at the International Festival this August.

Here, he discusses his favourite act in L’Orfeo

Watch him also choose his favourite duet from Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria in the video below.

Book your tickets now

Discover the full 2017 International Festival opera programme here and book your tickets now!
Full details of each performance mentioned below:

Greek – 5 & 6 August | Festival Theatre
Die Walküre – 6 August | Usher Hall
Don Giovanni – 9, 11 & 12 August | Festival Theatre
L’Orfeo – 14 August | Usher Hall
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria – 15 August | Usher Hall
La bohème – 25-27 August | Festival Theatre


Photo credit:
La bohème © Ramella & Giannese