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Eugene Onegin | Photo: Ryan Buchanan

Week Two: All about the five star review


The second week of the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival has attracted five star reviews across our theatre, opera, dance and music programmes.  Read on to find out what the critics have been raving about this week. 


Eugene Onegin 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'an unforgettable staging'   Read more on The Telegraph

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'a sensational performance' Read more on The Herald

Orfeo ed Euridice 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘so touchingly played, so perfectly proportioned’ 
Read more on The Scotsman

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This Is The Kit | Photo: Ryan Buchanan
Contemporary Music

This Is The Kit

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘another night of EIF musical wonder at Leith Theatre’   Read more on Deadline

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Trisha Brown: In Plain Site 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐​ Performances do not get more special than this.

The Times

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Breathtaking and unforgettable’  Read more on The Scotsman

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Ephemeral beauty, lasting memories.’  Read more on The Herald

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Robert Icke's take exerts a thriller-like grip’  Read more on the The Guardian

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘startlingly contemporary and razor-sharp’ Read more on Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐​ mesmerising, impeccably timed and overflowing with sublime performances ​

The Wee Review on Oedipus

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Classical Music

Angela Hewitt 1 & 2

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘An epic, continuous set packing a powerful punch’ 
Read more on The Scotsman

Maxim Emelyanychev & Principals of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘dark and sassy’ 
Read more on The Times

The Sixteen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘extraordinary musicianship’ 
The Scotsman

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