Created with Sketch. Artboard Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch.
Yo Carmen © Beth Chalmers 57

Explore previous events

Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Breaking the Waves

Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera

The European premiere of a new opera from Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek adapted from Lars von Trier’s controversial film.

21-24 August 2019

Manon Lescaut

Donald Runnicles conducts Deutsche Oper Berlin

The powerhouse Scottish conductor brings his company, with an exceptional cast of international soloists, for this vivid concert performance. 

22 August 2019

Götterdämmerung

Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

The fourth and final opera in the Ring cycle is its grandest, as the gods themselves face their doom. 

25 August 2019

Eugene Onegin

Komische Oper Berlin / Barrie Kosky / Ainārs Rubiķis

Komische Oper Berlin return to the International Festival for Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera, based on Alexander Pushkin’s classic verse novel.

15-17 August 2019

Forget Me Not

Komische Oper Berlin / Barrie Kosky

Yiddish operetta songs from Warsaw to Broadway

16 August 2019

Orfeo ed Euridice

The English Concert and Bernard Labadie

World-renowned British countertenor Iestyn Davies performs one of the most powerful love stories in all of opera.

15 August 2019

The Beggar's Opera

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord / William Christie / Robert Carsen / Ian Burton

John Gay’s 18th-century opera is brought into the modern day in this brand new production by two commanding figures of the international stage.

16-19 August 2018

Hansel & Gretel

RSNO / Sir Andrew Davis

A stunning international cast tell this bewitching fairy tale in a concert performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera.

15 August 2018

Siegfried

Hallé / Sir Mark Elder

A star-studded cast provide the third instalment of Wagner’s monumental Ring Cycle in this concert performance. 

8 August 2018

La Cenerentola

Opéra de Lyon / Stefano Montanari / Stefan Herheim

A visually stunning and boldly staged production of Rossini’s opera. The classic tale of Cinderella is radically transformed by renowned director Stefan Herheim. 

24-26 August 2018

The Barber of Seville

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Jérémie Rhorer / Laurent Pelly

A new production of Gioachino Rossini's comic opera that brings a refreshing immediacy to this irresistible masterpiece. 

5-8 August 2018

Les Troyens

Mariinsky Opera

Berlioz's visionary Les Troyens is opera on an epic scale, and deals with some of mankind's profoundest questions.

28-30 August 2014

Così fan tutte

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

A brand new production of Mozart and da Ponte’s provocative opera, direct from this year’s Aix-en-Provence Festival.

25-28 August 2016

Norma

By Vincenzo Bellini

Cecilia Bartoli sang the title role in a powerful, passionate production of Bellini’s searing opera masterpiece on love, betrayal and revenge. Since its unveiling at the 2013 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, it has been acclaimed throughout Europe, winning that year’s International Opera Award for best new production.

5-9 August 2016

Das Rheingold

Mariinsky Opera

Das Rheingold introduced the vast, mythical world of Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, one of the greatest achievements in all opera.

15 August 2016

In the Locked Room & Ghost Patrol

Scottish Opera / Huw Watkins / Stuart MacRae

Presented as a double bill, these two short operas explore the capacity of the mind to shape our lives, whether through the potency of imagination or the overwhelming power of memories

30 August 2012

Tristan und Isolde

Welsh National Opera / Richard Wagner

Wagner’s extraordinary opera Tristan und Isolde is one of the most powerful experiences that the artform has to offer. 

15 August 2012

The Makropulos Case

Opera North

Janáček’s penultimate opera is at once a mystery thriller and a meditation on desire and eternal life.

11 August 2012

King Arthur

The Sixteen / Henry Purcell

The Sixteen brings its expertise in early English music to bear on the spectacular Restoration drama King Arthur.

27 August 2012

The Lady from the Sea

Scottish Opera / Craig Armstrong

A world premiere of the Scottish Opera and Edinburgh International Festival co-production.

29 August 2012

Sign up to receive the 2020 brochure

Club Cumming © Mihaela Bodlovic 10 Resize

Become a member to access priority booking