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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

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


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


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

David et Jonathas

Les Arts Florissants

Love, jealousy, witchcraft and war: Charpentier’s 1688 sacred opera is a dramatic and moving reinterpretation of an Old Testament tragedy set on the eve of battle. 

17 August 2012


scottish Opera / James MacMillan

Clemency puts a contemporary twist to a Biblical tale, creating the spiritual intensity and reflection for which James MacMillan’s work is so well known

31 August 2012

Dido and Aeneas & Bluebeard's Castle

Oper Frankfurt

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is a poignant masterpiece of early English opera that features some of the composer’s most heartfelt music. 

24-25 August 2013

American Lulu

Scottish Opera and The Opera Group

Seductress, victim, manipulator: Lulu lives off men as both tortured and torturer, purveyor of ecstasy and angel of death.

30-31 August 2013

Owen Wingrave

Aldeburgh Music

How strongly would you value your principles, even if they brought you into conflict with your family and friends? Would you put yourself in danger to demonstrate what you believe?

15-17 August 2014


Opéra de Lyon

Beethoven’s only opera is a cry of defiance against oppression and an ode to liberty and truth, with music of enormous power and great tenderness.

8 October 2013

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