last hotel

Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh on The Last Hotel

Composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh’s new opera doesn’t dodge darkness, writes Susan Mansfield IN JANUARY 2002, a woman’s body was found in a rented house in Dublin. Her name was Rosemary Toole, a former bank teller who suffered from depression. An investigation revealed she had been spotted earlier that week welcoming two American …

The Magic Flute has never looked quite like this

The Magic Flute is the most performed opera in the world, but it’s never looked quite like this, writes Susan Mansfield THE lights go down on the plush red and gold interior of Berlin’s Komische Oper, and the curtain lifts to reveal a pair of animated legs, running on the spot. They belong to our …

EIF Interviews August 3, 2015

How EIF is broadening its appeal

There is a new, sort of surprise guest in town at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, invited to join the usual prestigious company by incoming director Fergus Linehan. That guest is called popular music, and she already appears to have her feet quite comfortably under the table of this arts institution before a chord has …

EIF Interviews August 3, 2015