Scottish Opera: The Puccini Collection – Caird Hall

Composed by Giacomo Puccini Conducted by Stuart Stratford ★★★★ Giacomo Puccini. You’d be rather hard-pressed to source a composer of more influence or esteem in the Operatic world; Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Turandot, La Rondine – the progression from Romanticist composer to verismo, Puccini acclimates his works and styles throughout the decades, his various Operatics being adapted, … Continue reading Scottish Opera: The Puccini Collection – Caird Hall

Southern Light Sings for the King’s – Festival Theatre

Directed by Andy Johnston ★★★★ One Hundred and Twenty-five years of communal magic, Southern Light Opera has called the Kings’s Theatre, the old Lady of Leven Street, home for more than a century. And how fitting that one of Edinburgh’s grassroots production companies should be the one to strike out with a continued appeal for … Continue reading Southern Light Sings for the King’s – Festival Theatre

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Edinburgh International Festival

Conducted by Marin Alsop ★★★★★ In a hypnotic masterclass of a performance, festival favourite Marin Alsop returns to Edinburgh to conduct the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Offering an amalgam of diverse and joyful renditions, culminating in Beethoven’s fifth symphony, Alsop and the orchestra meet long-held expectations with this triumphant performance. Emerging to a ravenous crowd – eagerly awaiting the … Continue reading BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Edinburgh International Festival

A Grand Night for Singing – Edinburgh International Festival

Rodgers & Hammersteinʼs A Grand Night for Singing Orchestration by Michael Gibson & Jonathan Tunick ★★★ There’s something to be said for the classics – they’re called that for a reason. Walter Bobbie’s musical revue is as unforgettable as the iconic numbers of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Now, you don’t necessarily have to be a fan, but … Continue reading A Grand Night for Singing – Edinburgh International Festival

Ariadne auf Naxos – Edinburgh International Festival

Conducted by Lothar Koenig Accompanied by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra Adapted from Richard Strauss's 1916 Version ★★★★★ The concept of a comedic opera is far from a unique creation, nor is the sort of ballet featuring humorous segments or narrative. However, infusing the two together is refreshingly dynamic in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which sees … Continue reading Ariadne auf Naxos – Edinburgh International Festival