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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.

19-20 August 2017

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.

16-19 August 2017


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.

11-13 August 2017

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.

12-13 August 2017


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.

25-27 August 2017

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.

21-23 August 2017

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.

17 August 2017

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.

15 August 2017


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.

14 August 2017

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.

13 August 2017

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.

6 August 2017

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.

9-12 August 2017


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.

5-6 August 2017

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.

25-27 August 2017


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.

18-20 August 2017

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Created by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions

A spectacular free outdoor event, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams celebrated the start of the 2018 International Festival.

3 August 2018

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