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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

The spectacular summer festival season finale, with live music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Karen Matheson, with a breathtaking fireworks display fired from Edinburgh’s Castle.


Giuseppe Verdi / Teatro Regio Torino / Gianandrea Noseda / Emma Dante

The very first opera to be performed at the inaugural International Festival in 1947 is given a new major production by Teatro Regio of Turin, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Emma Dante.

New European Songbook

Sounds from a continent in flux

Unique collaborations between established European musicians and artists recently arrived in the continent brought you the newest sounds of Europe today. Performed as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival.

La bohème

Giacomo Puccini / Teatro Regio Torino / Gianandrea Noseda / Àlex Ollé

Opera’s greatest, most heartbreaking love story is given a sumptuous, visually magnificent new production direct from the Teatro Regio Torino with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.


Mark-Anthony Turnage / Steven Berkoff / Opera Ventures & Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford / Joe Hill-Gibbins

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s blazing opera gives the ancient myth of Oedipus a contemporary resonance in which racism, police violence, strikes and inner city decay combine in an apocalyptic vision of a divided Britain.

Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer both conducts and directs his daring personal vision of Mozart’s masterpiece, joined by a strong cast of international soloists and an ensemble drawn from his own Budapest Festival Orchestra.


Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Joyful, graceful and overwhelmingly beautiful, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rain is a powerfully emotional dance creation set to Steve Reich’s iconic minimalist masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians.

Die Walküre

Richard Wagner / RSNO / Sir Andrew Davis

Wagner’s epic opera took us deeper into the vast mythological world in the second part of the International Festival’s four-year Ring cycle.

Peter Grimes

Benjamin Britten / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner

A concert performance of Benjamin Britten’s defining British opera of the 20th century examines gossip, rumour and mob rule in some of the composer’s most dramatic sea-inspired music.


Claudio Monteverdi / Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner / Elsa Rooke

First performed in 1607, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo is the first great operatic masterpiece – a tribute to the transcendent power of music, and a celebration of a love that even death cannot destroy.


Aracaladanza / Enrique Cabrera / A work for families

A magical dance theatre work for children and families that challenged you to wonder, and to contemplate our eternal dream: to be able to fly.

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Claudio Monteverdi / Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner / Elsa Rooke

Monteverdi’s great opera is a celebration of unwavering devotion, conveyed in some of the composer’s most poignant, heart-breaking music.

Blak Whyte Gray

Boy Blue Entertainment / Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante / Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy

A galvanising dance theatre work from award-winning East London hip-hop company Boy Blue Entertainment.

L'incoronazione di Poppea

Claudio Monteverdi / Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner / Elsa Rooke

Monteverdi’s most sensuous and most scandalous work turns morality on its head in a compelling mix of high comedy and dark tragedy.

Project R.E.B.E.L

Boy Blue Entertainment

Hip-hop dance superstars Boy Blue Entertainment brought emotional energy, fierce movement and blistering music in a bold dance show presented in the heart of the community of Craigmillar.

Nederlands Dans Theater

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot / Gabriela Carrizo

The triple bill from one the world’s finest dance companies featured a surreal Lynchean thriller; a sumptuous meditation on time and memory; and an unsettling glimpse into three couples’ love lives.

Anoushka Shankar

Opening performance by Faiz Ali Faiz

The queen of the sitar shared an evening of her deeply expressive music – which draws on India’s centuries-old culture, while creating something dynamic and refreshingly new.=.

Yo, Carmen

María Pagés Company

A vibrant ode to womanhood, and a radical reimagining of Bizet’s voluptuous opera heroine – from the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés.

Benjamin Clementine

2015 Mercury Prize winner

One of the greatest singer-songwriters of his generation delivers deeply personal songs of shattering power and searing emotional honesty.

PJ Harvey

The Hope Six Demolition Project

Two International Festival concerts with her full nine-piece band, PJ Harvey performed tracks from the critically acclaimed album The Hope Six Demolition Project, as well as material from her catalogue.

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

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Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside