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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.

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.

Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau

Schubert, Britten & Brahms

Superstar of the opera and concert stage in a recital combining tender Lieder by Schubert with the compelling passions of songs by high Romantic Brahms.

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.

L’Orfeo

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.

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.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Gardner conducts and Paul Lewis plays Grieg

Visionary British pianist Paul Lewis joined the orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner for Grieg’s Piano Concerto, one of the classical music’s most cherished works.

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.

Festival Firsts

MacMillan conducts MacMillan

To celebrate the International Festival’s 70th anniversary, Sir James MacMillan conducted three masterpieces of 20th-century music which received their premieres at the International Festival.

Elgar's King Olaf

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra joined by a trio of exceptional international soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus for this stirring choral spectacular.

Joshua Bell Plays Bruch

Plus Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Superstar US violinist and Academy of St Martin in the Fields in two bracing musical visions of wide open spaces and the wonders of nature.

La Damnation de Faust

Spectacular choral extravaganza

Dancing skeletons, drunken rats and a wild, reckless ride to damnation: just some of the unforgettable evocations in Berlioz’s visionary and epic musical retelling of the Faust legend.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein, Copland & Brahms

Two muscular celebrations of America launch a powerful programme featuring works of Bernstein, Copland and Brahms.

Verdi's Requiem

Italian choral blockbuster

Gianandrea Noseda and Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino presented the Italian choral blockbuster of staggering power, bringing all the drama of the opera house to the concert hall.

Filarmonica della Scala 1

Riccardo Chailly directs vivid Italian musicality

Riccardo Chailly and the orchestra of Milan’s world-renowned opera house La Scala look to Eastern Europe and beyond for the first of two concerts.

Mariinsky & RSNO

Two great orchestras come together

Only at the International Festival could you experience two of the world’s finest orchestras in a single concert.

Filarmonica della Scala 2

Riccardo Chailly directs vivid Italian musicality

The sumptuous splendours and vivid colours of Italian music bring the two-concert residency to a dazzling close, under vibrant Music Director Riccardo Chailly.

Dunedin Consort

A new Monteverdi discovery

One of the most respected early music groups brings the modern-day premiere of a recently rediscovered work by Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz.

Christian Tetzlaff & Leif Ove Andsnes

Play Mozart, Sibelius & Shostakovich

Two of today’s most accomplished soloists present a typically wide-ranging, distinctively individual recital of works by Mozart, Sibelius and Shostakovich

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert © Dave Stewart

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert