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Iván Fischer on Mozart's Don Giovanni

Hungarian musician and conductor Iván Fischer discusses his reimagining of Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni.

Weekly playlist #01

Discover some of the artists performing at the 2017 International Festival in our weekly playlist featuring Anoushka Shankar.

Stuart Stratford discusses Greek

Composer Stuart Stratford reflects on the new adaptation of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Greek.

Anoushka Shankar talks about Land of Gold

Queen of sitar talks about her inspirations and the context of making her recent album.

Artist in residence: Joshua Bell

Superstar US violinist discusses his very special three-concert residency at the 2017 International Festival

Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Monteverdi’s operas

Conductor discusses all three surviving operas telling stories of Orpheus, Ulysses and Poppea.

Gianandrea Noseda discusses Verdi’s Macbeth

The very first opera to be performed at the 1947 International Festival returns in 2017 as a major new production by Teatro Regio Torino.

Castlebrae students learn hip-hop moves from Boy Blue Entertainment

Emma, our Creative Learning Officer, reflects on the hip-hop dance workshops, the fun and challenges involved, and looking really cool.

Sir Andrew Davis talks about the concert performance of Die Walküre

"I can’t think of anything else in music that actually aspires to such power and such emotional complexity"

Mitsuko Uchida talks about her International Festival recital

Hear the revered pianist talk about Mozart, Schumann & Widmann in her repertoire.

Martin Creed talks about his residency at the 2017 International Festival

"To me it’s all to do with seeing what you can do to make you feel better and make your life better"

Piano Day 2017

Have a closer look at some of the incredible pianists and their recitals at this year's International Festival.

Photo gallery | 2017 programme launch

As we are catching our breath this Friday afternoon, we put together a photo gallery from the launch.

Disabled Access Day 2017

Find out about the accessible performances and events at the International Festival that bring you closer to what is happening on stage

Photo Gallery | Art of Listening

A colourful insight into what’s happening in Primary 7 pupils’ inner worlds when they listen to classical music.

Top 10 tips for the programme launch

Ahead of the 2017 International Festival programme launch we put together a list of the top tips for exploring the programme and booking your tickets.