magic flute

EIF opera review: The Magic Flute

Edinburgh International Festival opera review: The Magic Flute at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kenneth Walton ★★★★★ Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s production of The Magic Flute for Komische Opera Berlin will have you rolling in the aisles. You might think you’ve mistakenly come to the cinema (in the 1920s) as the brilliantly …

EIF opera review: The Magic Flute

Edinburgh International Festival opera review: The Magic Flute at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kenneth Walton ★★★★★ Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s production of The Magic Flute for Komische Opera Berlin will have you rolling in the aisles. You might think you’ve mistakenly come to the cinema (in the 1920s) as the brilliantly …

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August 31, 2015

EIF music review: James Gilchrist

Edinburgh International Festival music review: James Gilchrist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★ ‘Is there a doctor in the house?’ could have been easily answered at the Queen’s Hall yesterday. In a previous life, tenor James Gilchrist practised medicine before becoming a full-time singer. What was medicine’s loss is very definitely music’s gain. With …

EIF music review: James Gilchrist

Edinburgh International Festival music review: James Gilchrist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★ ‘Is there a doctor in the house?’ could have been easily answered at the Queen’s Hall yesterday. In a previous life, tenor James Gilchrist practised medicine before becoming a full-time singer. What was medicine’s loss is very definitely music’s gain. With …

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August 21, 2015

EIF music review: Sarah Connolly/Malcolm Martineau

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Sarah Connolly/Malcolm Martineau, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★★ To sustain a full recital programme of songs, none of which is particularly upbeat, is no mean feat. That mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Malcolm Martineau pulled off such a performance yesterday morning at the Queen’s Hall is testimony to …

EIF music review: Sarah Connolly/Malcolm Martineau

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Sarah Connolly/Malcolm Martineau, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★★ To sustain a full recital programme of songs, none of which is particularly upbeat, is no mean feat. That mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Malcolm Martineau pulled off such a performance yesterday morning at the Queen’s Hall is testimony to …

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August 18, 2015

EIF opera review: The Marriage of Figaro

Edinburgh International Festival opera review: The Marriage of Figaro, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls ★★★★ Budapest Festival Orchestra’s performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro might have been billed as a staged concert but conductor Ivan Fischer’s colourful and enthralling production never felt that way as he blurred almost every line possible in what …

EIF opera review: The Marriage of Figaro

Edinburgh International Festival opera review: The Marriage of Figaro, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls ★★★★ Budapest Festival Orchestra’s performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro might have been billed as a staged concert but conductor Ivan Fischer’s colourful and enthralling production never felt that way as he blurred almost every line possible in what …

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August 17, 2015

Les Troyens

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (opera): Les Troyens at Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Reviewed by Ken Walton There was huge anticipation surrounding the Mariinsky Opera’s staging of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, which opened its Festival run on Thursday, not least because it is the first staged production in Scotland for almost 25 years of this epic two-part …

Turin Opera: William Tell

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (opera): Kronos Quartet at the Usher Hall. Reviewed by David Kettle [Conductor Gianandrea Noseda takes centre stage in Turin Opera’s performance of Rossini’s William Tell at the Usher Hall Picture: Lorenzo Di Nozzi0] One  of the often-quoted benefits of opera in the concert hall – as opposed to the opera house …

Stéphane Degout/Simon Lepper

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Stéphane Degout/Simon Lepper at the Queen’s Hall. Reviewed by Carol Main Any initial concerns as to whether French baritone Stéphane Degout would have the size of voice to fill the Queen’s Hall were fairly quickly dispelled as he got into the stride of his recital there yesterday morning. In …

Concerto Italiano

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Concerto Italiano at Greyfriars Kirk. Reviewed by David Kettle It’s a miraculous trick that Rinaldo Alessandrini’s Concerto Italiano manages to pull off – respecting the rigorous rules of period performance without things ever becoming precious or self-regarding; and finding the innate drama and theatricality in their repertoire without ever …

Scottish Chamber Orchestra | Nicola Benedetti, Sue Chen, Benjamin Gilmore, Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk | The Sixteen | Paul Lewis

Edinburgh International Festival classical review round-up by Sarah Urwin Jones [The performers who make up Harry Christophers’ The Sixteen] THE programme for this year’s Festival might seem the very definition of “International”, but the opening weekend of this last Festival of director Jonathan Mills’ tenure was resolutely Scottish, checking off all our major classical music …

Owen Wingrave

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (opera): Owen Wingrave at C Nova (venue 145). Review by David Kettle [Britten’s Owen Wingrave is strikingly staged and beautifully performed, if somewhat lacking in drama] Originally written for TV (commissioned by David Attenborough for BBC2, no less) and seldom performed live, Benjamin Britten’s penultimate opera is a strange beast …

Ute Lemper / Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Ute Lemper/Scottish Chamber Orchestra at Usher Hall. Reviewed by Susan Nickalls [Ute Lemper conjures up the louche cabarets of 1920s Berlin and Paris with her smoky voice and innate theatricality] With her smoky voice, sultry looks and innate theatricality, Ute Lemper could easily have just stepped out of the louche cabarets …

The War

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (theatre): The War at King’s Theatre. Review by Joyce McMillan [The Iliad and classic memoirs of the First World War are inspirations for the spectacular The War, a piece which, despite its classical references, has powerful contemporary resonances] AS THE show begins, the stage roughly represents a cafe in Paris …

Opera review: Dido and Aeneas | Bluebeard’s Castle

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Oper Frankfurt’s Dido and Aeneas | Bluebeard’s Castle at the Festival Theatre, reviewed by Ken Walton [Director Barrie Kosky’s staging of Dido and Aeneas utilises a madcap, theatrical, but convincing style. Picture: Monika Rittershaus] It takes a brave, creative director to bring off an operatic double bill in which both …

Opera review: Fidelio

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Fidelio at Festival Theatre, reviewed by Ken Walton [Fidelio. Picture: Sto Fleth] There’s a persistent low humming noise in the Festival Theatre as the audience gathers for Opera de Lyon’s production of Fidelio. It’s not a malfunction of the air conditioning, but a hint that this version of Beethoven’s only …

Opera review: La Belle et la Bête

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: La Belle et la Bête at Edinburgh Playhouse, reviewed by Susan Nickalls Jean Cocteau’s beautifully restored 1946 film La Belle et la Bête has been transformed by composer Philip Glass into a mesmerising film/opera. Dispensing with the original music and dialogue, Glass replaces it with a score that matches Henri …