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2019 Playlist #03

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From staged opera productions to operas in concert at the Usher Hall, and even a nod to our Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, press play on this week's playlist to get to know some of the operatic sounds you'll hear across Edinburgh this August.

After their spectacular The Magic Flute in 2015, Komische Oper Berlin and its Artistic Director Barrie Kosky return to the International Festival with the compelling Eugene Onegin. Hear some of Tchaikovsky's most captivating music in this week's playlist and come along to hear rising star Asmik Grigorian take on the role of the devoted Tatyana. 

Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera bring the European premiere of Breaking the Waves, Missy Mazzoli's new opera based on Lars von Trier's controversial film, to the International Festival this August. Don't worry, although we weren't able to add any music from the opera into our playlist this week, you can head over to the Opera Philadelphia website to hear a live recording from their world premiere production in 2016.

This year, our operas in concert take centre stage. The Usher Hall becomes a home for Manon Lescaut's exquisitely tender melodies from Deutsche Oper Berlin, Music Director Donald Runnicles and superlative soprano Sondra Radvanovsky; for Gluck's deeply moving Orfeo ed Euridice as world-renowned countertenor Iestyn Davies performs one of the most powerful love stories in all of opera; and the epic conclusion to the Ring cycle with Wagnerian superstar Christine Goerke, as Götterdämmerung marks the end of four years of concert performances of Wagner's greatest achievement.

As ever, our grand finale, the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, brings the International Festival and Edinburgh's summer festival season to a resplendent close. This year, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra are joined by Scottish mezzo soprano Catriona Morison for a selection of vocal and orchestral music from Bizet's Carmen.

Press play below to hear them all in action!