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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Macbeth

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.

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.

Greek

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Magic Flute

Komische Oper Berlin | Barrie Kosky | 1927

Mozart’s masterful comedy is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production created by director Barrie Kosky and British theatre group 1927, blending animated film and live action in a spectacular kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies, Weimar cabaret, the dark humour of Edward Gorey and German expressionism.

H.M.S. Pinafore

Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic comic opera

Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling nautical comic opera, in a special concert performance led by respected historical performance expert Richard Egarr.

The Marriage of Figaro

Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer conducts and directs a specially staged concert of one of opera’s most beloved comic creations. 

The Rake's Progress

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Stravinsky

Which is more important: love or money? If you had to decide between a humdrum life of blissful ignorance, or power, riches, danger and risk, which would you choose?

Rameau & Charpentier

Vivid storytelling from Médée and Les Boréades

From sorcery and bloody revenge to mortal love triumphing over divine decree: John Butt conducts abridged versions of two seldom-heard operatic masterpieces from the French Baroque.

The Last Hotel

Donnacha Dennehy | Enda Walsh

The Last Hotel unites two of Ireland’s most fascinating artists, multi award-winning playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy in a new chamber opera from Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera about life, death, duty and guilt.

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2016

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert