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Edinburgh

International

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9 August – 2 September 2012

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Contents

02 Welcome to the Festival

04 Festival 2012 Supporters

Those who help to make it happen

06 Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston

Outstanding theatre from Poland,

France and Switzerland

10 Theatre

Innovative and compelling drama from some

more of the world’s greatest directors

18 Dance

Contemporary and classical dance from

around the world

30 NVA’s Speed of Light

Unique fusion of sport and art

32 Opera

From across Britain and beyond

39 The Opening Concert

Frederick Delius’s A Mass of Life

40 Music

World class conductors, orchestras

and soloists

51 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Spectacular action, scintillating music,

stunning setting

52 Greyfriars

Timeless music from the Renaissance,

the Middle Ages and more

54 The Queen’s Hall Series

Early morning music, the perfect start

to the day

64 Encounters

Talks and debates exploring Festival

2012 themes

66 Conversations with Artists

Discover the inspirations behind the art

67 Masterclasses and more

Creative insights and study events

68 Fringe Prize and

Edinburgh University Events

69 A Festival for Everyone

How to access the Festival and get closer online

70 Booking, Venue and Access Information

72 Festival City

74 Festival Diary

At a glance, events day by day


02 Welcome to the Festival

Welcome to

Festival 2012

An old saying in showbiz suggests that there are

no great actors, only great roles.

The role that the Edinburgh International Festival has

chosen to play in 2012 is an enhancement of the

part we have been playing ever since our inception

in 1947: as catalyst for inspiring ideas and creativity

from around the world.

As the UK prepares to host a Summer Olympic

Games, the Festival is as eager as ever to offer its

special contribution to artists and audiences by

hosting one of the greatest and most diverse annual

celebrations of culture held anywhere in the world.

And when a new generation of sportsmen and and

sportswomen are are competing for glory in London,

we believe that that our our programme of dance, dance, theatre,

music and opera will will introduce audiences to the

thrilling virtuosity of of a new generation of talented

performers. We We are are confi dent dent that that the fl air and

dedication of the youthful artists of Juilliard Dance

from New York’s famous Juilliard School, the young

musicians of the European Union Youth Orchestra

and Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, the immensely

energetic actors of Dmitry Krymov’s theatre academy

from Moscow or the many talented young laureates

appearing at The Queen’s Hall will offer Festival

afi cionados a fi rst optimistic glimpse of the future

of the performing arts from across the globe.

The scale of our ambitions in 2012 will be revealed

by a visit to the Lowland Hall at the Royal Highland

Centre where three of Europe’s greatest theatre

directors – Grzegorz Jarzyna, Christoph Marthaler

and Ariane Mnouchkine – will in their unique ways

transform this vast space into a place of reverie

and make-believe.

All who are involved in the Edinburgh International

Festival Festival in 2012 are excited to be welcoming the

world once again to a city that is proudly the world’s

festival festival city. I hope you will be among among us in August

to experience the magic.

Jonathan Mills

Festival Director


World Shakespeare Festival

The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as

the world’s playwright. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company

in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international

arts organisations, it is a cornerstone of the London 2012 Festival,

the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

The Edinburgh International Festival is a proud partner of the World

Shakespeare Festival, presenting three exciting and contrasting

Shakespeare productions: TR Warszawa’s vast multimedia 2008:

Macbeth; a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by

acclaimed Russian director Dmitry Krymov; and an adaptation of

The Rape of Lucrece featuring the hugely charismatic actor and singer

Camille O’Sullivan. Find out more at worldshakespearefestival.org.uk.

The Cultural Olympiad and

London 2012 Festival

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in

the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements. Spread

over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to

be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture,

especially among young people.

The culmination of the the Cultural Cultural Olympiad is the London 2012 Festival,

bringing leading leading artists artists from from all over the world together from 21 June

2012 in in this this UK-wide festival – a chance chance for everyone to to celebrate

London 2012 through dance, music, music, theatre, theatre, the visual arts, fi lm and

digital innovation.

Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 2012 Festival

are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK UK and the Olympic Lottery

Distributor. The British Council Council will support the international development

of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad projects. BP and BT are Premier

Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the the London 2012 Festival.

Panasonic are the presenting partner partner of of Film Nation: Nation: Shorts.

To sign up to receive information about the the London 2012 2012 Festival visit

london2012.com/festival.

london2012.com/festival.

As broadcast partner of the Festival BBC Radio 3 brings the Festival to

those who would not otherwise be able to take part. Through live and

pre-recorded broadcasts many Edinburgh International Festival concerts

can be enjoyed throughout the whole nation thanks to this visionary

partnership. Full details at bbc.co.uk/radio3.

Scotland is a thriving hub for arts and cultural activities and the Year

of Creative Scotland provides the perfect showcase for this diverse

mix of creativity and energy. An exciting and imaginative programme

of special events will take place throughout the year, and throughout

Scotland, covering everything from music to drama and from dance

to art, designed to appeal to both visitors and locals.

For further inspiration visit visitscotland.com/creative.

Edinburgh International Culture Summit

Culture Ministers from around the world will gather in the world’s Festival

City in August to debate the power and profi le of culture in forging and

fostering international relationships.

The fi rst ever Edinburgh International Culture Summit will be hosted in

the magnifi cent Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh on 13 and

14 August, after the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games

in London and in the midst of the unrivalled explosion of cultural energy

at Edinburgh’s Festivals.

The Summit is a collaboration between the Scottish Government,

the UK Government, the British Council and the Edinburgh International

Festival. It brings together Culture Ministers with prominent artists,

thinkers and others involved in developing and implementing

cultural policy.

It is planned to webcast the plenary sessions of the Summit.

Visit eics2012.com for details.

Welcome to the Festival 03


04 Festival 2012 Supporters

Thank you to our Festival 2012 supporters

The core investment which the Edinburgh International

Festival receives from the City of Edinburgh Council and

Creative Scotland plays a critical role in ensuring our

stability and success.

Crucial support from other public sector bodies, charitable

funds, the corporate sector, international partners and

agencies, trusts and foundations and our individual

benefactors, patrons and friends is also vitally important

in enabling us to maintain the Festival’s scale and quality.

We are grateful to all these organisations and individuals,

who make the Festival possible.

Grants

Project Grants

Principal Supporters

Supported through the

Scottish Government’s

Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Dunard Fund

Harold Mitchell Esq, AC

Léan Scully EIF Fund

Edinburgh International Festival Society is registered as a company

in Scotland (No SC024766) and as a Scottish Charity (No SC004694)

Registered Address: The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

Festival Partners

Production Sponsor Production Sponsor

Opening Concert Partner

Hotel Partner Document

Solutions Partner

Production Supporter

Telecoms Partner

Production Sponsor

Internet Services Provider Hotel Partner

Production Sponsor

Official Retail Partner

Production Sponsor

Production Sponsor

Sponsor Festival backstage University Partner Fireworks Concert Partner


Corporate Friends

Bank of Scotland

The Caledonian Hilton

HEINEKEN

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

o2

Planet Flowers

Prestige Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Shell U.K. Limited

Standard Life

Principal Donors

American Friends of the Edinburgh

International Festival

The Director’s Circle

Edinburgh International

Festival Benefactors

Edinburgh International Festival

Endowment Fund

Edinburgh International Festival

Friends and Patrons

Corporate Associates

Alba Water

Cullen Property

Dimensions (Scotland) Ltd

The Glasshouse

Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh

Johnston Press plc

Justerini & Brooks

Lufthansa

Omni Centre Edinburgh

The Rutland Hotel

The Skinny

Springbank Distillers Ltd

STRATHMORE SPRING WATER

International Partners

and Agencies

Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Australian High Commission, London

Austrian Cultural Forum London

Consulate General of the Federal

Republic of Germany, Edinburgh

Consulate General of Ireland

to Scotland

Consulate General of Japan,

Edinburgh

Consulate General of the

Republic of Poland

Consulate General of Switzerland,

Edinburgh

Culture Ireland

Embassy of Finland, London

Embassy of Switzerland, London

Embassy of the United States of

America, London

Government of South Australia

Government of Victoria, Australia

Indian Council for Cultural Relations,

New Delhi

Institut français

The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh

The Japan Foundation

The Ministry of Culture and National

Heritage of Romania

The Nehru Centre, London

Representation of the Government

of Flanders in the UK

The Romanian Cultural Institute

Royal Norwegian Consulate General,

Edinburgh

Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain – SCFB

United States Consulate General,

Edinburgh

Trusts and Foundations

Aga Khan Foundation

The Bacher Trust

The Binks Trust

The John S Cohen Foundation

Cruden Foundation Limited

The Peter Diamand Trust

The Evelyn Drysdale Charitable Trust

Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust

The Hamada Edinburgh

Festival Foundation

The Inches Carr Trust

Eda, Lady Jardine Charitable Trust

The Morton Charitable Trust

The Negaunee Foundation

Risk Charitable Fund

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Ian Smith of Stornoway Legacy

The Stevenston Charitable Trust

The Sym Charitable Trust

Edinburgh Festivals Partner

Scottish Enterprise

Benefactors and Patrons

Thank you to the following individuals

for their support of Festival 2012.

Benefactor

Mr and Mrs James Anderson

Ewan and Christine Brown

Roxane Clayton

Claire Enders

Joscelyn Fox

Gavin and Kate Gemmell

Frank Hitchman

Donald and Louise MacDonald

David McLellan

Jean and Roger Miller

Michael Shipley and Philip Rudge

Keith and Andrea Skeoch

Jim and Isobel Stretton

John-Paul and Joanna Temperley

Mr Hedley G Wright

Zachs-Adam Family

Platinum Reserve

Geoff and Mary Ball

Richard Burns

Aileen and Stephen Nesbitt

Platinum Supporter

J Attias

Katie Bradford

The Rt Hon Lord Clarke

Lord and Lady Coulsfield

Sue and Andy Doig

Jo and Alison Elliot

Mr and Mrs Ted W Frison

Raymond and Anita Green

David and Judith Halkerston

Kenneth Harrold

Shields and Carol Henderson

André and Rosalie Hoffmann

J Douglas Home

Peter Horvath and Barnett Serchuk

Alan M Johnston

Fred and Ann Johnston

Norman and Christine Lessels

Niall and Carol Lothian

Alan Macfarlane

Chris and Gill Masters

Duncan and Una McGhie

David Milne and Liz Sharpe

Festival 2012 Supporters 05

Mr and Mrs R H Mitchell

Allan Myers AO QC

and Maria Myers AO

Patricia and Alex Neish

Dr Paul Nisselle AM

Nick and Julie Parker

Lady Potter

Donald and Brenda Rennie

Sir Duncan Rice and Lady Rice

Mr Andrew and Mrs

Carolyn Richmond

Ross Roberts

Fiona and Ian Russell

Richard Simon

Charles Smith

Andrew and Becky Swanston

Susie Thomson

Claire and Mark Urquhart

Robin and Sheila Wight

Ruth Woodburn

Neil and Philippa Woodcock

And others who prefer to

remain anonymous


06 Royal Highland Centre

R o y a l

H i g h l a n d

C e n t r e

The Lowland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, is transformed

into a theatre space hosting three vastly different shows impossible to

present in conventional theatres. An enormous three-storey construction

with multimedia screens is the set for 2008: Macbeth; a special studio

space is needed to allow the audience to be up close and personal with

the characters in Meine faire Dame; while Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir

(Aurores) was originally created for the Cartoucherie, Théâtre du Soleil’s

home in a huge converted munitions factory on the outskirts of Paris.

Three of Europe’s greatest theatre directors – Grzegorz Jarzyna,

Christoph Marthaler and Ariane Mnouchkine each transform, in their

unique ways, this vast open space into places of reverie and

make-believe.

The Lowland Hall can be reached by bus from Edinburgh city centre,

followed by a 10-minute walk, or by car. There will be a food and bar

service so why not come in time for a drink and a snack or to see

two shows in a day? Full directions can be found on page 72.

This very special project for 2012 has been supported by the City

of Edinburgh Council, Creative Scotland and EventScotland.

Supported by

‘ ‘ I a m i n b l o o d

Stepp’d in so far that,

should I wade no more,

Returning were as

tedious as go o’er”

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Photo Anna Grzelewska Photo Anna Grzelewska

Photo Stefan Okoêwicz

2008:

M a c b e t h

AFTER WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

TRANSLATED BY STANISŁAW BARAŃ CZAK

DIRECTED AND ADAPTED BY GRZEGORZ JARZYNA

TR Warszawa

Performed in Polish with English supertitles

Royal Highland Centre

Stephanie Nelson and

Agnieszka Zawadowska Set and costume designers

Abel Korzeniowski and Jacek Grudzien ´ Music

Jacqueline Sobiszewski Lighting designer

Cast includes Cezary Kosin ´ ski and Danuta Stenka

Military commander Macbeth unleashes a nightmare of carnage

and destruction. A war on terror that is a war of terror.

Set in a contemporary and brutal Middle Eastern conflict, 2008:

Macbeth is unflinching in its depiction of the machine of violence

that, once set in motion, works faster and ever more efficiently.

If killing in a war is justified, so is killing in the privacy of one’s home.

If you can kill men, why not also women and children?

With spectacular pyrotechnics, immersive video effects and an

extraordinary, layered soundscape that plays tricks on the ear,

Shakespeare’s web of politics, ambition and the supernatural is

transformed into a contemporary, and highly physical, theatrical film.

Acclaimed director Grzegorz Jarzyna’s searing production of 4.48

Psychosis enthralled Festival audiences in 2008.

Saturday 11 – Monday 13

August, Thursday 16 – Saturday

18 August 7.30pm

Wednesday 15 August 2.00pm

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre

Tickets

£35 £30

2 hours 10 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/macbeth

Supported by

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08 Royal Highland Centre

‘ f o r a f u l l t w o h o u r s w e

laughed to ourselves

until we cried’

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M e i n e f a i r e

D a m e – e i n

Sprachlabor

My Fair Lady –

a language laboratory

Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15

& Sunday 19 August 7.30pm

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 August

2.00pm

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre

Tickets

£30 £25

2 hours approximately

eif.co.uk/fairedame

Supported by

Ewan and Christine Brown

With additional support from

Theater Basel

Performed in English and German with English supertitles

Christoph Marthaler Director

Anna Viebrock Staging

Sarah Schittek Costume designer

HeidVoegelinLights Lighting designer

Malte Ubenauf / Julie Paucker Dramaturgy

Returning from a conference on southern English accents, Hungarian

linguist Professor Karpathy finds an enormous bouquet of flowers

waiting for him. Aghast, he finds a note scribbled in blood-red ink with

a very sinister message in the form of a threatening riddle. Who could

have sent it? Is his secret cover blown? He only has until midnight to

solve the mystery or face the consequences…

Delightfully witty and (very) loosely based on My Fair Lady, Meine faire

Dame is set in a language laboratory where its characters attempt to

learn English from a very eccentric professor – with a secret to hide.

Director Christoph Marthaler, one of Europe’s most acclaimed and

influential directors whose work has rarely been seen in the UK,

skillfully blends music by Weber, Wagner, Bryan Adams and Ravel

into a subversive, profound and very funny examination of language

and linguistic confusion.

Photo Judith Schlosser


Les

Naufragés

d u Fol Espoir

(Aurores)

The Castaways of the

Fol Espoir (Sunrises)

Thursday 23 – Saturday 25,

Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 August

6.00pm

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre

Tickets

£35 £30

4 hours 10 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/folespoir

Supported by

Théâtre du Soleil

Royal Highland Centre

‘The hours fly by like a skiff

in the Roaring Forties,

carried along on a gale

of pure theatrical genius…

one hell of a voyage’

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Performed in English and French with English supertitles

A play collectively devised by Théâtre du Soleil

Half-written by Hélène Cixous loosely based on a mysterious,

posthumous novel by Jules Verne

Ariane Mnouchkine Director

Jean-Jacques Lemêtre Music

A gold rush, a group of genocidal Indian hunters foiled by commando

nuns, a runaway revolutionary archduke and Darwin and Queen Victoria

playing imperial monopoly… D.W. Griffith meets Cecil B. DeMille –

and all the time, the lights are going down over Europe.

In a dance hall in the spring before the First World War, a socialist

visionary is shooting a silent film adapted from a Jules Verne adventure,

using cooks and waiters as his cast. Long before the ship the Fol Espoir

runs aground on Cape Horn, high idealism and base motives are vying

for the souls of all on board.

Ariane Mnouchkine’s work has rarely been seen in the UK because of

its sheer scale and complexity. Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir (Aurores)

transforms the Lowland Hall into a spectacular world of the imagination

and fantasy.

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Photo Michèle Laurent


10 Theatre

‘Deprived of all familial ties, the heroine of

my play lives in solitude, totally speechless,

in a hospital. All she aspires for is revenge

on the one who is the cause of this,

her mother who abandoned her.’

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Waiting

for Orestes:

Electra

Saturday 11 – Monday 13

August 8.00pm

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£30 £24 £16 £12

1 hour approximately

eif.co.uk/electra

Suzuki Company of Toga

Performed in Japanese and Korean with English supertitles

Tadashi Suzuki Director and designer

Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Euripides Text

Midori Takada Composer and musician

Orie Horiuchi Costume designer

Takako Tomura Painter

Electra’s father is murdered by her mother Clytemnestra and her lover

Aegisthus, leaving Electra hysterical with grief – and with an obsessional

desire for revenge, as she is made a prisoner in her mother’s house.

Her only hope is that her exiled brother Orestes will return and make

her dark fantasy of murdering her mother come true.

In Suzuki’s staging of the Greek myth, the characters’ interior world is

deepened by setting the tragedy in a psychiatric hospital, one in which

all of humanity is irredeemably trapped.

One of the most enduringly influential directors and theatre makers

alive, Tadashi Suzuki is also renowned for his writings and the Suzuki

Acting Method. Here he combines Euripides’s terrifying perception

of human frailty with the operatic force of Hofmannsthal, Richard

Strauss’s librettist.


‘ q u i t e s i m p l y o u t s t a n d i n g

... I got an almost delirious

joy from hearing, and

seeing, an hour long

distillation of Beckett’s

novel’ ������������

Watt

BY SAMUEL BECKETT

TEXTS FROM THE NOVEL

SELECTED BY BARRY MCGOVERN

Saturday 11 – Tuesday 14

August 8.00pm

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Tickets

£30 £24 £20 £16 £10

1 hour approximately

eif.co.uk/watt

Tuesday 14 August

6.45pm 7.45pm

Supported by

Gate Theatre Dublin

Performed in English

Cast Barry McGovern

Theatre

Tom Creed Director

Joan O’Clery Costume designer

James McConnell Lighting designer

Denis Clohessy Sound designer

Barry McGovern after Samuel Beckett Music

Watt is the extraordinary story of an itinerant character who walks one

day from a train station to the home of a Mr Knott whom he will serve.

The bizarre adventures of Watt and his struggle to make sense of the

world around him are told with verbal elegance, immense pathos and

fierce humour.

‘McGovern reminded us that Beckett was, among many other things,

one of the great Irish humorists... explosively funny’

The Guardian

‘full of comic suprises... and oddly touching as well’�

San Francisco Chronicle

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Photo Anthony Woods


12 Theatre

‘ I m a y n e v e r s e e a

grander more theatrical

event in my life’

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Photo TNRS


Gulliver’s

Travels

AFTER JONATHAN SWIFT

‘Purcă rete’s mighty show

delivers a visual and

aural experience so jaw

droppingly bold that it

makes most attempts

at immersive theatre

seem like a paddle in

the shallows’

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Supported by

Theatre

Friday 17 – Monday 20

August 8.00pm

Sunday 19 August 2.30pm

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£30 £24 £16 £12

2 hours approximately

eif.co.uk/gulliver

Radu Stanca National Theatre

of Sibiu, Romania

Performed in Romanian with English supertitles

Silviu Purca ˘ rete Director

Dragos¸ Buhagiar Set designer

Shaun Davey Music

After the Festival triumph of Faust in 2009 director Silviu Purca ˘ rete

returns with the Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, Romania and

the world premiere of his version of Gulliver’s Travels.

Irish writer Jonathan Swift’s savage political satire is seen through

the eyes of visionary theatre maker Purca ˘ rete with an original score

by Irish composer Shaun Davey. Driven by Davey's musical journey,

Purca ˘ rete’s production gathers cultural and social aspects of

contemporary society and explores themes of voyage, dream,

exile, immigration, emigration, solitude and togetherness.

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14 Theatre

‘Dmitry Krymov is a

revolutionary… every

moment is unexpected’

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A Midsummer

Chekhov International

Theatre Festival

N i g h t ’s D r e a m

Dmitry Krymov’s Laboratory

School of Dramatic Art Theatre Production

Performed in Russian with English supertitles

(As You Like It)

AFTER WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Friday 24 & Saturday

25 August 7.30pm

Sunday 26 August 2.30pm

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£30 £24 £16 £12

2 hours 30 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/midsummer

Dmitry Krymov Director

Vera Martynova Designer

Shakespeare’s magical, shape-shifting play.

A joyous combination of incongruous things: dumbstruck actors,

suppressed emotions running riot, masterly solecism, divine blundering

and, fi nally, craftsmen transformed into poets... From Russia comes

the world premiere of Dmitry Krymov’s interpretation of A Midsummer

Night’s Dream.

Dmitry Krymov is a director, artist and designer whose visually stunning

productions have established him as one of the most original directorial

voices of his generation. Expect his take on Shakespeare’s most

magical of comedies to be unlike any Dream you have seen before.


‘A cross between Patti

Smith, Sally Bowles and

PJ Harvey… a major star’

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The Rape

of Lucrece

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

ADAPTED BY ELIZABETH FREESTONE,

FEARGAL MURRAY AND CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN

Wednesday 22 – Sunday

26 August 9.00pm

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Tickets

£30 £24 £20 £16 £10

1 hour 20 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/rapeofl ucrece

Saturday 25 August

7.45pm 8.45pm

Sponsored by

Supported by

Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Company

Performed in English

Performed by Camille O’Sullivan,

accompanied by Feargal Murray on piano

Feargal Murray and Camille O’Sullivan Music

Elizabeth Freestone Director

Lily Arnold Designer

Vince Herbert Lighting designer

Shakespeare's tragic poem The Rape of Lucrece, a terrible tale of lust,

rape and politics, is both beautiful and violent. From political chronicle

to sexual thriller, the poem’s exquisite tragedy is fully revealed in an

hypnotic evening of song and storytelling.

In this compelling and provocative performance by the internationally

acclaimed singer Camille O’Sullivan, with original music played live by

Feargal Murray, Camille inhabits the souls of both Tarquin and Lucrece,

narrating the fate of each.

‘when she sings it's as though her breath is soaked in paraffi n;

one spark and the whole room would ignite’ The Daily Telegraph

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Photo RSC/Ellie Kurttz


16 Theatre

Wo n d e r l a n d

CREATED BY VANISHING POINT

Vanishing Point

Performed in English

Matthew Lenton Director

Kai Fischer Set, lighting and projection designer

Mark Melville Composer and sound designer

In a darkly subversive take on the themes of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s

classic tale, Wonderland begins with the mystery of a young woman leaving home

and embarking on a dangerous journey.

‘In another moment down went Alice, never once considering how in the world

she was to get out again.’

Wonderland examines the attraction of fame and stardom, the desire for something

more, the allure of the erotic and the invasion of pornography into modern popular

culture. Dreamlike, edgy and intensely physical, it is a mystery about a door that –

once opened – is almost impossible to close, a story about curiosity, temptation

and power.

That door leads to a dark place,

A dark and exciting place

But once you open it

Once you enter that place

You can’t come back

Things will not be the same any more.

Please note this performance contains adult themes that may not be suitable

for children.

A co-production between Vanishing Point, Napoli Teatro Festival, Italy, and Tramway,

in association with Eden Court.

Wednesday 29 August –

Saturday 1 September 7.30pm

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Tickets

£30 £24 £20 £16 £10

2 hours approximately

eif.co.uk/wonderland

Supported through the

Scottish Government’s

Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund


‘A major

international force’

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Photo Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Villa+Discurso

Teatro Playa

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles

Guillermo Calderón Writer and director

Theatre

1970s Chile – the main torture and extermination centre of General

Pinochet’s regime is the notorious Villa Grimaldi. 30 years later, three

women argue about how to remodel the same blood-soaked building

complex and how modern Chile should respond to this awful and

unwanted legacy, in Guillermo Calderón’s poignant and moving play, Villa.

Discurso recreates the last hours in office of Michelle Bachelet, President

of Chile from 2006 until 2010, with an imaginary farewell speech.

Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón explores the heart

of his nation, with language of intensity and passion, in a double bill of

searing contemporary dramas exposing both a terrible heritage and the

great humanity it inspired.

Discurso was developed at the International Residency of the

Royal Court Theatre, London.

Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 August

7.30pm

The Hub

Tickets

£25

2 hours 15 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/villadiscurso

Supported by

The Director’s Circle

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Photo Marcelo Montecino


18 Dance

Ta t y a n a

European Premiere

Deborah Colker Dance Company

Deborah Colker Choreographer and director

João Elias Executive director

Gringo Cardia Art director and set designer

Jorginho de Carvalho Lighting designer

Berna Ceppas Music director

Fabia Bercsek Costume designer

‘when you think you’ve

seen every move the

dancers have in them,

they surprise you’

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‘a Brazilian revolution’

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Photo Leo Aversa

Young, wealthy and cosmopolitan, Eugene Onegin has seen and done

it all. Bored by life in St Petersburg, he moves to the country in the

hope of finding inspiration. There he meets the innocent and beautiful

Tatyana who instantly falls in love with him, only to be coldly rejected.

Years later, now back in St Petersburg, Onegin is enchanted by

a glamorous high-society lady, Tatyana. The tables are turned,

and Onegin begs for her affections. Will love prevail after all?

Straight from the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Deborah Colker Dance

Company transports Aleksandr Pushkin’s famous tale of young love,

passion, obsession and rejection from 19th-century Russia to

contemporary, sultry Brazil. With typically explosive energy and

choreography packed full of Brazilian colour and flair, Deborah Colker

Dance Company’s seamless mixture of contemporary and classical

dance has made it one of the most sought-after and exciting companies

in the world.

With an eclectic soundtrack featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky

and Terry Riley, this large-scale contemporary ballet combines

compelling storytelling with a wonderfully inventive set to poignantly

capture the intense emotional rollercoaster of this tale – from joyous

elation to bitter disappointment and betrayal.

Dance

Saturday 11 – Tuesday

14 August 7.30pm

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tickets

£30 £27 £22 £17 £12 £10

1 hour 35 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/tatyana

Sunday 12 August

6.15pm 7.15pm

Sponsored by

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Photo Walter Carvolho


20 Dance

Ballet

P re l j o c a j

And then, one thousand

years of peace

Angelin Preljocaj Choreographer

Laurent Garnier Music (except Les anges by Benjamin Rippert

and ‘Moonlight’ Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven)

Subodh Gupta Set designer

Igor Chapurin Costume designer

Cécile Giovansili Lighting designer

And then, one thousand years of peace exists in a post-apocalyptic

world, a world where apocalypse means ‘lifting the veil’, revealing what

lies in the darkest depths of our being.

Ballet Preljocaj draw you into an all-consuming exploration of human

rituals, beliefs and relationships. Travelling from an intense, dramatic and

primordial opening through to a serene, contemplative finale, renowned

French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj throws you into the beating

heart of our existence.

Initially created in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre, the work fuses

two distinct styles of movement – the fast, driving power of Preljocaj's

contemporary work with the grand classical ballet of the Bolshoi. Set to

a pulsating soundtrack by techno music legend Laurent Garnier,

mixed with samples from Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, And then,

one thousand years of peace combines intricate and edgy action with

slow, graceful movement in an ever-evolving dance that reveals our

innermost hopes, desires and fears.

Friday 17 August –

Sunday 19 August 7.30pm

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tickets

£30 £27 £22 £17 £12 £10

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/preljocaj1

Supported by

The Bacher Trust

‘This displays what

modern dancing should

always be, a mixture

of extreme demands,

pure aesthetics and

flawless performance.’

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And then, one thousand years of peace Photo JC Carbonne

Eldorado (Sonntags Abschied) Photo JC Carbonne

Dance

Helikopter

Angelin Preljocaj Choreographer

Karlheinz Stockhausen Music

Holger Förterer Scenography

Patrick Riou Lighting

Sylvie Meyniel Costume Designers

Inspired by the wild, techno-organic rhythms of

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Helikopter Quartet, a score

composed for the vast whirring sound of four sets

of helicopter propellers and four stringed instruments,

Angelin Preljocaj creates a scintillating dance that sets

immense physical challenges. Displaying incredible

virtuosity, six dancers intertwine and rotate, echoing

the blades of the helicopter in ever more complex

forms and shapes.

Eldorado

(Sonntags Abschied)

Angelin Preljocaj Choreographer

Karlheinz Stockhausen Music

Nicole Tran Ba Vang Set and costume designer

Cécile Giovansili and

Angelin Preljocaj Lighting designers

Eldorado (Sonntags Abschied) is another

superb synergy between music and movement

as choreographed by Preljocaj to music by

Stockhausen. Trapped in a distinctive sound-world,

the dancers respond to the music in an almost

visceral way, compelled to move, as if against their

will, by the cascading waves of sound, and only

allowed to rest when the music ends.

Wednesday 22 August 7.30pm

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tickets

£30 £27 £22 £17 £12 £10

1 hour 40 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/preljocaj2

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22 Dance

‘mesmerising...

captivating... simply plain

marvellous dancing’’

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Aditi

M a n g a l d a s

Dance

C o m p a n y

THE DRISHTIKON DANCE FOUNDATION

Dancer and choreographer Aditi Mangaldas's

company presents a powerful and beautiful double bill.

Kathak loosely translates as ‘the art of storytelling’ and

features hypnotically intricate footwork, high energy

pirouettes and complex rhythmic patterns of beats.

Saturday 18 &

Sunday 19 August 7.30pm

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Tickets

£30 £24 £20 £16 £10

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/aditi

Uncharted Seas (extract)

Aditi Mangaldas Concept, choreography, costume and stage

Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan Vocal composition

Sander Loonen Light designer

Uncharted Seas takes you to the heart of classical Kathak. Dancers

weave in and out of the shadows with grace, poise and a stunning sense

of rhythm. The search for the intangible, for God, truth, beauty, love

and freedom, is the essence of Uncharted Seas. Dressed in traditional

costumes, the sounds of the ghunghroo (ankle bells) meld with the live

music, creating a distinct percussive beat that adds a unique flavour to

every performance.

Timeless (extract)

Aditi Mangaldas Concept and choreography

Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan Music composition

Anuradha Parikh Stage designer

Fabiana Piccioli Lighting designer

Kimie Nakano Costume designer

Timeless moves furthest from the classical Kathak roots of the company.

Entrancing, distinctive and exhilarating, Timeless utilises a totally new

contemporary movement vocabulary and Mangaldas’s choreography

draws you in to a compelling and many textured abstract world.

Photo Harkirsn Singh Bhasin, NCPA


‘A refined and

classy company’

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Leigh

Wa r r e n +

D a n c e r s

Renowned for defying convention and enticing

audiences with sublime marriages of movement and

sound, Leigh Warren + Dancers presents a unique

and inspiring double bill of dance, the first time these

two pieces have been performed together.

Saturday 25 August 7.30pm

& Sunday 26 August 2.30pm

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£30 £27 £22 £17 £12

1 hour 35 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/leighwarren

Breathe

European Premiere

Dance

Leigh Warren Artistic director

Frances Rings Choreographer

William Barton Composer and musician

India Flint Costume designer

Nic Mollison Lighting designer

Dancers writhe, intertwine and pulse with natural, spellbinding rhythm

as though each gesture were merely an extension of their own breath.

Set to the intensely haunting indigenous sounds of the didgeridoo,

performed live by legendary player William Barton, Breathe is rooted

in the ancient and modern traditions of the company’s native Australia.

Impulse

Leigh Warren Choreographer

Michael Nyman Composer

Mary Moore Set and costume designer

Zephyr Quartet Musicians

Nic Mollison Lighting designer

Kaboom Studios (Jason Lam and Adam Synnott)

Projection designers

Placing Michael Nyman’s String Quartet No 2 at the heart of the action,

dancers are inspired and propelled by the witty and dynamic music,

performed live on stage by the Zephyr Quartet. Dancers, musicians

and cutting-edge visual technology play together to produce a stunning

visualisation of the sound itself.

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Photo Tony Lewis


24 Dance

Juilliard Dance

New York’s famous Juilliard School has trained dancers and choreographers who have gone

on to influence the shape and evolution of dance around the world. Its impressive alumni include

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, and the late, great Pina Bausch.

Encounter the future stars of dance in an exceptional triple bill.

The Waldstein Sonata

José Limón Choreographer

Ludwig van Beethoven Music

Clifton Taylor Lighting designer

Tracy DiGesu Costume designer

Janet Pilla Staging

Yuxi Qin Piano

Created by Juilliard teacher and modern dance pioneer José Limón,

The Waldstein Sonata is set to Beethoven’s lively and playful sonata of

the same name and features many of Limón’s characteristic movements,

sweeping gestures and group interaction. The music is performed live

by Yuxi Qin, a pianist from the Juilliard School.

Gnawa

Nacho Duato Choreographer and set designer

Devota and Lomba Costume designer

Nicholas Fischtel Lighting designer

Hassan Hakmoun, Adam Rudolph, Juan Arteche,

Xavier Paxadiño, Abou-Khalil, Velez, Kusur and Sarkissian Music

Kevin Irving Staging

Driven by the rhythms of the Mediterranean, acclaimed Spanish

choreographer Nacho Duato’s Gnawa captivates with sensual,

bold and pulsating movement.

Saturday 25 – Monday

27 August 8.00pm

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tickets

£30 £27 £22 £17 £12 £10

2 hours approximately

eif.co.uk/juilliard


Photo Rosalie O’Connor Photo Nan Melville

Dance

E p i s o d e 3 1

European Premiere

Alexander Ekman Choreographer

Mikael Karlsson, Ane Brun and Erik Satie Music

Nicole Pearce Lighting designer

Luke Simcock Costume designer

Stylish young Swedish choreographer Alexander

Ekman’s new commission, exclusively for Juilliard, is

an energetic playground of dance. Ekman, associate

choreographer for Nederlands Dans Theater 2,

contrasts pumping, almost tribal sequences with

strong balletic poses to show off the Juilliard dancers’

superb technique, youth and vigour.

‘They looked like they

could have danced all

night; I certainly could

have watched them’

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‘These performers look

ready to enter the

profession. Wait –

they have entered it’

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Supported by

Léan Scully EIF Fund

With additional support from

Embassy of the United States

of America, London

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26 Dance

‘a superb international troupe

of dancers… an ambitious and

thoughtful choreographer’

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Photo Gadi Dagon

Thursday 30 August –

Saturday 1 September 7.30pm

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tickets

£30 £27 £22 £17 £12 £10

1 hour approximately

eif.co.uk/hora

Dance

H o r a

B a t s h e v a D a n c e C o m p a n y

Ohad Naharin Choreographer

Avi Yona Bueno Lighting and stage designer

Anna Mirkin Costume designer

Isao Tomita and Ryoji Ikeda Music

Hora is a thrilling spectacle of movement, an emotional rollercoaster that

successfully highlights – in a company that deliberately works without

soloists – the uniqueness of each one of the dancers. Set against a stark,

luminous green background, the dancers’ athleticism, technique and

energy take centre stage, showing beautiful asymmetrical shapes with

immense grace and visceral physicality in hyper-definition.

Led by artistic director Ohad Naharin, one of the world’s most distinctive

choreographers, Batsheva Dance Company makes a welcome return

to the Festival following 2008’s sensational Deca Dance.

Isao Tomita’s alien soundtrack blends great classical works by Wagner,

Ives and Debussy with the theme from Star Wars and music featured in

2001: A Space Odyssey, as the dancers twist, jerk and articulate their

way through Naharin’s striking choreography with insect-like precision

and grace. Sexy and elegant, Hora sees contemporary dance flirt with

science fiction in a production that is out of this world.

Co-produced by Montpellier Danse 2010 and Lincoln Center Festival,

New York

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28 Dance

‘Spectacular... aptly captures

the magic and hope of

the well-known fairytale.

In short, it is genius.’

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C in d e r e ll a

MUSIC BY SERGEI PROKOFIEV

VALERY GERGIEV CONDUCTOR

Mariinsky Ballet

Valery Gergiev Music director and conductor

Alexei Ratmansky Choreographer

Ilya Utkin and Yeveny Monakhov Set designers

Elena Markovskaya Costume designer

Gleb Filshtinsky Lighting designer

Thursday 30 August – Saturday

1 September 7.30pm

Saturday 1 September 2.30pm

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£46 £39.50 £32 £25 £20 £12

2 hours 50 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/cinderella

Saturday 1 September

7.15pm


The legendary Mariinsky Ballet

brings Charles Perrault’s classic

fairytale to the Festival, in this

large-scale production that

offers a sumptuous mix of

engrossing storytelling and

grand classical ballet with

a fresh contemporary twist.

Cinderella is forbidden from going

to the ball, and instead is forced

to do the dirtiest household chores.

When an old tramp appears and

Cinderella takes pity on her, she

reveals herself to be a fairy and

grants Cinderella her greatest

wish – it seems she will go to

the ball after all.

But there is one condition: she

must leave by midnight or the

magic spell will be broken.

Photo Valentin Baranovsky

Artist in Residence with American

Ballet Theatre and former Director

of the Bolshoi Ballet, Alexei

Ratmansky is one of the most

sought after choreographers

in the world. His exquisite and

inventive choreography blends

classical ballet with innovative

movement that is full of wit,

charm and character.

Complete with a full corps

de ballet, the dancers’ every

movement is highlighted and

intensified by Prokofiev’s gorgeous

musical score performed live by

the Mariinsky Orchestra and led by

the great Valery Gergiev. Prepare

to be captivated, entranced and

enchanted in equal measure.

Dance

Supported by

Harold Mitchell Esq, AC

Production Sponsor

Mariinsky UK tour

supported by BP

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Photo Natasha Razina


30 NVA’s Speed of Light

N VA’s

S p e e d o f L i g h t

World Premiere

Supported by

Product sponsor GDS


Throughout Festival 2012, Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat is the focus for

a remarkable fusion of innovative public art and sporting endeavour.

Through a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running,

NVA’s Speed of Light will illuminate the iconic mountain, which

rises dramatically from the heart of the city. A mesmerising visual display

unfolds on the ascent to the summit as hundreds of runners wearing

specially commissioned light suits take to the intricate path networks

below. As a member of the walking audience, you become part of the

work, with portable light sources set against the dark features of

the mountainside.

In 2012, NVA’s Speed of Light, also includes working with seven of

Edinburgh’s other Festivals on a programme of curated events, lectures,

workshops and discussions investigating human endurance, through the

subculture of long-distance running and the experience of the runner.

NVA’s Speed of Light is one of only four national projects commissioned

by Legacy Trust UK’s Community Celebrations programme, which aims

to build a lasting legacy from the UK’s hosting of the London 2012

Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Please note, all walking participants will require a level of physical

fitness to climb Arthur’s Seat and sturdy footwear must be worn.

Participants must be aged 12 or over, with children under 16

accompanied by an adult. Please contact Hub Tickets for details

or visit eif.co.uk/speedoflight

This performance contains some flash lighting.

For advice about levels of physical fitness or mobility please refer

to speedoflight2012.org.uk or contact Hub Tickets.

NVA’s Title of Speed section of Light 31 00

Angus Farquhar Creative director

Jane Connarty Associate director

Litza Bixler Choreographer

Phil Supple Lighting designer

James Johnson Product designer

Resonance Radio Orchestra Sound design

9–12, 15–19, 22–27, 29–31 August

and 1 September

Guided walking groups meet at Speed of Light base

every 15 minutes at 9.15pm, 9.30pm, 9.45pm,

10.00pm, 10.15pm, 10.30pm, 10.45pm and 11.00pm

Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park,

near Holyrood Palace car park

Tickets

£24 £18 concessions

2 hours 30 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/speedoflight

Photos Alan McAteer


32 Opera

The

M a k r o p u l o s

Case

LEOŠ JANÁČ EK

LIBRETTO BY LEOŠ JANÁČ EK AFTER KAREL Č APEK

New Production Premiere

Sung in English with English supertitles

Opera North

Emilia Marty Ylva Kihlberg

Albert Gregor Paul Nilon

Vítek Mark Le Brocq

Kristina Stephanie Corley

Jaroslav Prus Robert Hayward

Janek Adrian Dwyer

Dr Kolenatý James Creswell

Hauk-Šendorf Nigel Robson

Richard Farnes Conductor

Tom Cairns Director

Hildegard Bechtler Set designer

Bruno Poet Lighting designer

Saturday 11 August &

Monday 13 August 7.15pm

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£68 £60 £52 £42 £30 £20 £16

2 hours 30 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/makropulos

Monday 13 August

6.00pm 7.00pm

Do you wish for immortality?

Even if your endless life would

be one without love?

The squabbling over the contested

will of Baron Jaroslav Prus has

gone on for almost a century, but

the mysterious opera diva Emilia

Marty seems to know far more

than she should about the history

of the case. Men inexplicably fall

at her feet and, strangely eager

to possess an arcane document

hidden with Prus’s will, she

coldly uses them to discover

its whereabouts.

Supported by

Dunard Fund

Janáč ek’s penultimate opera is

at once a mystery thriller and a

meditation on desire and eternal

life. It keeps its audience guessing

until its thrilling conclusion’s

transcendent revelations on life

and love, and features some of

the composer’s most radiant,

life-affirming music.

Richard Farnes conducts the

premiere of this new production

by acclaimed director Tom Cairns,

with an exceptional cast of soloists.


Opera

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Photo Ylva Kihlberg by Natascha Thiara Rydvald Artwork © Opera North


34 Opera

Photo © Jen Turner


Friday 17 August,

Sunday 19 August &

Monday 20 August 7.15pm

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£68 £60 £52 £42 £30 £20 £16

2 hours 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/davidetjonathas

Opera

David et

Jonathas

MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER

LIBRETTO BY FRANÇOIS BRETONNEAU

Sung in French with English supertitles

Les Arts Florissants

Jonathas Ana Quintans

David Pascal Charbonneau

Achis Frédéric Caton

La Pythonisse Dominique Visse

Joabel Kresimir Spicer

Saul Neal Davies

William Christie Conductor

Andreas Homoki Stage production

Paul Zoller Set designer

Gideon Davey Costume designer

Franck Evin Lighting designer

Love, jealousy, witchcraft and war: Charpentier’s 1688 sacred opera is a dramatic and

moving reinterpretation of an Old Testament tragedy set on the eve of battle.

Envious of the close friendship between his son Jonathas and David, King Saul banishes

David from the Israelite camp. Despite his desire for peace, David reluctantly joins the rival

Philistine army, only too aware that he may be forced to fight his beloved friend in the

coming war. When battle commences, will anybody be able to claim a true victory?

David et Jonathas is one of Charpentier’s most dramatic stage works, full of stirring music

and passionate arias that convey its achingly poignant story.

Conductor William Christie’s reputation for interpreting the works of the great French

Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier is second to none: he even named his

exceptional period ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, after another of the composer’s operas.

His cast are some of the top names in early opera and the production is by acclaimed

German director Andreas Homoki.

A new production from Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Co-produced by Opéra Comique, Théâtre de Caen and Teatro Real.

Supported by

Dunard Fund

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36 Opera

‘Subtly haunting and quietly

powerful… I want to hear

it again soon.’

The Daily Telegraph

on Clemency

Scott ish

O p e r a

All sung in English

With players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera

These four new works are the culmination of a

five-year plan by Scotland’s national opera company

to explore what opera might mean in the 21st

century. The first stage, Five:15 – Operas Made in

Scotland, saw 15 new, short operas developed in

partnerships between some of the leading artistic

lights in Scotland. As part of the celebration of

Scottish Opera’s 50th anniversary, this year the

Company presents longer pieces created by teams

from Scotland and further afield.

Special Ticket Offer Book all 3 performances

for only £60 and save 20%.

Supported through the

Scottish Government’s

Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

The Lady from the Sea

Craig Armstrong

Libretto by Zoë Strachan

Based on a play by Henrik Ibsen

World Premiere

Derek Clark Conductor

Harry Fehr Director

Ellida, daughter of a lighthouse-keeper, lives a narrow life with a

husband several years her senior. She is full of longing for the sea and

for freedom, and the arrival of a mysterious stranger creates a storm

that threatens to submerge the whole family. He offers an escape from

the stifling world she inhabits, and Ellida must decide whether to do her

duty or answer the call of the sea…

Known equally for his popular music collaborations and his scores

for cinema and stage, including Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and

Moulin Rouge!, Armstrong is a pioneering musician whose distinctive

classical works have been praised for their delicacy and beauty.

The Lady from the Sea also makes use of video design, playing to

Armstrong’s extensive cinematic experience.

A Scottish Opera and Edinburgh International Festival co-production.

Wednesday 29 August 8.00pm &

Saturday 1 September 9.00pm

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£25 £12.50

1 hour 20 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/ladyfromthesea


Clemency

James MacMillan

Libretto by Michael Symmons Roberts

Derek Clark Conductor

Katie Mitchell Director

Sarah and Abraham are visited in their old age by three travellers.

Their conversation becomes increasingly unsettling and the visitors

make the unlikely claim that Sarah is to have a new child. As the couple

wonder who the bearers of such news might be, talk turns to a mission

of vengeance, and a horrifying plan that leaves them pleading for their

neighbours’ lives.

Clemency puts a contemporary twist to a Biblical tale, creating the

spiritual intensity and reflection for which James MacMillan’s work

is so well known, and was received to great acclaim at its world

premiere in London’s Royal Opera House in May 2011. MacMillan’s

richly coloured 50-minute work is for the intimate forces of five singers

and string orchestra and is a haunting piece with a potent lasting impact.

Commissioned by Scottish Opera, ROH2, Britten Sinfonia and Boston

Lyric Opera. Co-produced by Scottish Opera and ROH2.

Friday 31 August 8.00pm &

Saturday 1 September 4.00pm

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£25 £12.50

50 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/clemency

Saturday 1 September

2.45pm 3.45pm

Opera

In the Locked Room & Ghost Patrol

In the Locked Room

Huw Watkins Libretto by David Harsent

Based on a short story by Thomas Hardy

Michael McCarthy Director

Ghost Patrol

Stuart MacRae Libretto by Louise Welsh

Matthew Richardson Director

World Premieres

Michael Rafferty Conductor

A closed door sparks an obsession so strong that the boundaries

between reality and fantasy begin to blur. A modern day bar where

three people who are trying to escape their past collide, uncovering

a terrible secret and unleashing inevitable tragedy.

Presented as a double bill, these two short operas explore the

capacity of the mind to shape our lives, whether through the potency

of imagination or the overwhelming power of memories. Composers

Huw Watkins and Stuart MacRae hail from a generation who are rapidly

establishing themselves amongst the leading composers in the UK.

Huw Watkins teams up with multi award-winning poet David Harsent

and Stuart MacRae with acclaimed crime novelist Louise Welsh to

bring these evocative tales to the stage.

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Scottish Opera and

Music Theatre Wales.

Thursday 30 August 8.00pm,

Saturday 1 September 12 noon

& Sunday 2 September 3.00pm

Traverse Theatre

Tickets

£25

2 hours 10 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/lockedroom-ghostpatrol

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Photo Stephen Cummiskey


38 Opera in Concert

Tristan und Isolde

RICHARD WAGNER

Welsh National Opera

Concert performance sung in German

Tristan Ben Heppner

Isolde Jennifer Wilson

Brangäne Susan Bickley

Kurwenal Phillip Joll

King Marke Matthew Best

Melot Simon Thorpe

Lothar Koenigs Conductor

Wagner’s extraordinary opera Tristan und Isolde is one of the most

powerful experiences that the artform has to offer. Its glorious music,

possessed of remarkable strength and subtlety, conveys a mystical

story of a love so profound it can only be fully realised in death.

It is hard not to fall under the heady spell of the work’s unstoppable

yearnings and ever-mounting tensions.

Welsh National Opera music director Lothar Koenigs is acclaimed for his

Wagner interpretations that grasp the music’s natural ebb and flow yet

are never overblown. He directs a cast of exceptional operatic talents.

‘Ben Heppner is, quite simply, the eminent Wagnerian.’

The Vancouver Province

Jennifer Wilson: ‘Through her voice she could tell the audience

volumes about a single word.’ The Houston Chronicle

Wednesday 15 August 5.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£46 £39 £32 £26 £20 £12

5 hours 10 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/tristanundisolde

Photo Kristin Hoebermann

Supported by

The Stevenston

Charitable Trust

King Arthur

HENRY PURCELL

The Sixteen

Concert performance sung in English

Sophie Bevan Soprano

Robert Murray Tenor

Jonathan Lemalu Bass baritone

Harry Christophers Conductor

Making its fourth consecutive appearance at the Festival, including

the acclaimed performance of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in 2009,

The Sixteen brings its expertise in early English music to bear on

the spectacular Restoration drama King Arthur.

With music by Purcell and a libretto by poet laureate John Dryden,

the piece recounts not the legends of Camelot but the raging battles

between King Arthur’s god-fearing Britons and the heathen Saxons

to save Arthur’s intended, the blind Princess Emmeline of Cornwall.

A masterpiece of 17th-century patriotism, it contains some of Purcell’s

most lyrical and powerful music, with rousing martial episodes, tender

arias including the famous ‘Fairest Isle’, and a glorious final vision of

a united Britain.

‘Harry Christophers conducted with the lightest and sunniest

of touches’ The Daily Telegraph

‘a measured, polished performance, stylishly articulated’ The Guardian

Monday 27 August 7.30pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

2 hours 10 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/sixteen

Supported by

Photo The Round Table and the Holy Grail, from the

‘Livre de Messire Lancelot du Lac’, 1470 by French School

The Bridgeman Art Library/Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris


The Opening Concert

A Mass

o f L i f e

FREDERICK DELIUS

Friday 10 August 7.30pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£46 £39 £32 £26 £20 £12

2 hours 10 minutes approximately

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Sir Andrew Davis Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Anna Christy Soprano

Pamela Helen Stephen Mezzo soprano

Robert Murray Tenor

Hanno Müller-Brachmann Bass baritone

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The Opening Concert presents one of the grandest choral pieces

ever written: Delius’s A Mass of Life. Not a mass in any traditional

religious sense, the work is instead a glorious choral celebration of

positivity, of man’s will to embrace the rich possibilities of life and of our

potential for strength, energy, pride and sincerity. Using a text drawn

from Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra, it’s an exceptionally beautiful

score and one of Delius’s crowning achievements, with music of huge

joy and passion.

Sir Andrew Davis has a reputation second to none in his interpretations

of British music, delivering performances full of vivid detail and visceral

excitement. He’s joined by four exceptional soloists from Britain,

Germany and America, and the massed forces of the Edinburgh

Festival Chorus.

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Alpine Symphony

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles Conductor

Beethoven Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’

Strauss Alpine Symphony

Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra return

to the Festival with two transcendental evocations of nature and

landscape, following last year’s memorable performance of Mahler’s

‘Resurrection’ Symphony.

Beethoven’s much-loved ‘Pastoral’ Symphony conveys the peace and

happiness that the composer found in the natural world in music full

of drama and wonder, complete with episodes describing a babbling

brook, enchanting birdsong and a tumultuous storm.

It is a mountain tempest that Strauss portrays in his Alpine Symphony,

a piece that charts a day’s climbing from the foreboding of night to its

glorious vision from the summit. Written on a grand scale, and for an

enormous orchestra including organ, a huge battery of percussion and

an off-stage brass band, the Symphony summons a majestic vision

that is the ideal canvas for Runnicles and his orchestra.

‘The BBC SSO’s playing was transcendent... one of the most beautiful

things I have ever heard.’ The Herald

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

Saturday 11 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 50 minutes approximately

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Deborah Voigt Soprano

Brian Zeger Piano

Songs by Amy Beach, Verdi, Richard Strauss, Respighi,

Ben Moore and Bernstein

The celebrated American soprano Deborah Voigt has been lauded for

her vivid characterisation and soaring voice. She returns in a concert

contrasting richly Romantic songs from Europe with a diverse selection

of dazzling American vocal works, accompanied by her regular

collaborator, US pianist Brian Zeger.

Voigt’s choice of Verdi songs, including the folk-like Stornello and the

drinking song Brindisi, were not written for his operas, but they are

still full of drama and theatricality. Voigt is known as a specialist in

the turbulent, emotionally charged Lieder of Richard Strauss, which

sit perfectly alongside Respighi’s deceptively simple songs, whose

caressing melodies reveal a deep intensity.

The 3 Songs by Robert Browning by US composer Amy Beach are

sensitive creations, with abruptly changing moods, and the concert

songs by Bernstein and contemporary composer Ben Moore combine

easy tunefulness with a grand, romantic sweep.

‘She has a magnificent voice: huge, agile, even, lustrous and individual.’

The Washington Post

Sunday 12 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£34 £26 £22 £15 £12

1 hour 35 minutes approximately

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A Midsummer

Night’s Dream

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington Conductor

Angelika Kirchschlager Mezzo soprano

Sophie Bevan Soprano

Mary Bevan Soprano

NYCoS National Girls Choir

Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Berlioz Les nuits d’été

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

transports us to Shakespeare’s fairy world with its enchanting

evocations, including the well-loved ‘Wedding March’. Sir Roger

Norrington, one of the founding fathers of historically informed

performance, has long produced striking and unforgettable

interpretations of cherished masterpieces. The sensitivity of the

Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s gossamer sound is the perfect

match for Mendelssohn’s magical textures.

The Shakespearean theme is established in Berlioz’s languid Les nuits

d’été, settings of six poems by French poet Théophile Gautier that pay

affectionate homage to the great English dramatist. Celebrated Austrian

mezzo soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is famed for the warmth and

vividness of her readings, ideal qualities in these beautifully crafted

songs of love, desire and longing.

Monday 13 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 50 minutes approximately

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Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor

Tatiana Monogarova Soprano

Sergei Skorokhodov Tenor

Vladimir Chernov Baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Denisov Bells in the Fog

Myaskovsky Silentium

Rodion Shchedrin Concerto for Orchestra No 2 ‘The Chimes’

Rachmaninov The Bells

Tolling Russian bells resound throughout the London Philharmonic

Orchestra’s all-Russian programme. Rachmaninov’s grand choral

symphony The Bells charts a startling journey from birth to death in

music of jubilation, passion and redemption. Vladimir Jurowski directs

three Russian-born soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in this

moving masterpiece based on verse by Edgar Allan Poe.

The same writer is the inspiration behind the vivid musical storytelling

in Myaskovsky’s Silentium, which follows Edison Denisov’s mysterious

and impressionistic Bells in the Fog. The colourful Second Concerto for

Orchestra by Rodion Shchedrin, named ‘The Chimes’, evokes the bells

and powerfully expressive chant of ancient Russia.

‘The orchestral sound glowed, glittered and swooned’ The Guardian

Tuesday 14 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 55 minutes approximately

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‘the LSO responded to

[Gergiev’s] fluttering

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Nicola Benedetti Violin

Szymanowski Symphony No 1

Violin Concerto No 1

Brahms Symphony No 1

Powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev, the Edinburgh International

Festival’s Honorary President, brings the London Symphony Orchestra

to the festival for what promises to be a fascinating four-concert

residency contrasting the glowing nobility of Brahms with the exotic,

perfumed passions of Szymanowski.

It was her performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No 1 that

won Ayrshire-born violinist Nicola Benedetti the BBC Young Musician

title in 2004 at the age of 16, and the Polish composer’s sensuous,

mystical music has been in her blood ever since.

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Brahms Tragic Overture

Szymanowski Symphony No 2

Brahms Symphony No 2

Brahms’s Second is the sunniest of the composer’s four symphonies,

its cheerful, pastoral mood drawing comparisons with Beethoven’s

well-loved ‘Pastoral’ Symphony. The piece’s tender melodies and genial

intimacy are only clouded by the briefest of storms in the brooding slow

movement, revealing the steely strength behind the naive charm that

Brahms evokes in the work.

Szymanowski’s dramatic Second Symphony, on the other hand, is a

grand statement that shows the impact of Mahler and Richard Strauss,

while also drawing on the lush impressionism of Debussy. Sensuous and

passionate, and scored for a huge orchestra, it has gorgeous melodies,

brilliant colours and a magnificent conclusion.

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1 hour 45 minutes approximately

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L o n d o n

Symphony

Orchest r a

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Toby Spence Tenor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Christopher Bell Chorus Master

‘This Brahms orchestra Symphony No 3 consistently

turns Brahms Variations out performances on a theme by Haydn a cut

Szymanowski Symphony No 3 ‘Song of the Night’

above their rivals’

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Szymanowski’s Third Symphony is one of the composer’s most

admired and most sumptuous works, an intoxicating creation

for tenor soloist, choir and orchestra that describes the soul’s

communication with God during a starlit Persian night. Evoking

the subtle colours of Debussy, Ravel and Scriabin, its shimmering

orchestral textures convey the mysteries of the supernatural in

iridescent, ecstatic music.

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1 hour 30 minutes approximately

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Denis Matsuev Piano

Leonidas Kavakos Violin

Szymanowski Symphony No 4

Violin Concerto No 2

Brahms Symphony No 4

01 Thursday 16 August 8.00pm

02 Friday 17 August 8.00pm

03 Saturday 18 August 7.30pm

04 Sunday 19 August 7.30pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

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Valery Gergiev concludes the LSO’s festival residency with the final

symphonic creations by both Brahms and Szymanowski. Brahms’s

Fourth Symphony is the summation of his orchestral music, serious

yet transcendent, passionate but intellectually rigorous. It’s hard not

to feel moved by the slow unfolding of the final movement’s towering

passacaglia, based on church music by Bach.

Szymanowski’s Symphony No 4 is a piano concerto in all but name, its

percussive brilliance tempered by magical moments of lyrical reflection.

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Orchestre des

Champs-Élysées

Philippe Herreweghe Conductor

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller Soprano

Okka von der Damerau Alto

Maximilian Schmitt Tenor

Tareq Nazmi Bass

Collegium Vocale Gent

Brahms Gesang der Parzen

Bruckner Te Deum

Symphony No 9

Following their acclaimed festival appearance in 2009,

Philippe Herreweghe and his period-instrument Orchestre des

Champs-Élysées return with transcendental music by two of the

greatest 19th-century composers.

Brahms’s searching Gesang der Parzen (‘Song of the Fates’) is

a brooding meditation on man’s destiny, expressed in a work of

tremendous power. The spiritual theme continues in the joyful Te Deum

by one of music’s most profound mystical explorers, Anton Bruckner.

Bruckner’s monumental Ninth Symphony is the composer’s crowning

orchestral achievement, a piece that explores profound emotions yet

remains possessed of a serene, radiant mysticism. Herreweghe has

devoted his career to returning masterworks to their original essences,

and tonight his orchestra plays instruments from Bruckner’s time.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

Monday 20 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 55 minutes approximately

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Cleveland Orchestra

01

Franz Welser-Möst Conductor

Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra

Smetana Má Vlast (parts 1 – 4)

Best known for the unforgettable ‘Vltava’ (also known as ‘The Moldau’),

which vividly depicts the country’s mighty river, the six symphonic

poems of Má Vlast, ‘My Homeland’, conjure the spirit of Smetana’s

beloved Bohemia, conveying its history, traditions and nature in music

of wonder and imagination.

Franz Welser-Möst and his mighty Cleveland Orchestra bring their power

and precision to the piece in a welcome return to the Festival. Folk

music, this time from Poland, also lies behind Lutoslawski’s colourful

Concerto for Orchestra, a virtuoso showpiece that shines a spotlight

on the individual talents of Cleveland’s exceptional players.

‘This world-class orchestra... outshines all competitors these days’

The Wall Street Journal

Tuesday 21 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

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Cleveland Orchestra

02

Franz Welser-Möst Conductor

Lars Vogt Piano

Lutoslawski Piano Concerto

Smetana Má Vlast (parts 5 – 6)

Shostakovich Symphony No 6

Franz Welser-Möst concludes the Cleveland Orchestra’s account of

Smetana’s Má Vlast with the powerful final movements, which depict

the glories of Bohemian pride in music of blazing defiance. Shostakovich

wrote his seldom-heard Symphony No 6 just after the dark years of

Stalin’s purges, and the jollity of its conclusion makes a startling contrast

with its haunting opening.

Compelling German pianist Lars Vogt is the soloist in Lutoslawski’s

Piano Concerto, a piece full of energy and shimmering colours that

proudly displays the inspiration its composer took from Chopin and

Rachmaninov. It’s the perfect showpiece for Vogt’s combination of

muscularity and refinement, and for the remarkable warmth and clarity

of the Cleveland Orchestra’s sound.

‘The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the greatest in the world

– the playing is perfection.’ The Guardian

Wednesday 22 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

2 hours approximately

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Youth Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda Conductor

Garrick Ohlsson Piano

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Richard Causton Twenty-Seven Heavens

(New Music 20x12 UK premiere)

Debussy Nocturnes

Busoni Piano Concerto

The exceptional young players of the European Union Youth Orchestra

take on one of the largest and grandest piano concertos ever written.

Busoni’s vast creation, with a male chorus swelling its overwhelming

conclusion, is rarely performed because of the demands it places on

its performers. The rich, deep sound of acclaimed US pianist Garrick

Ohlsson is ideal for the piece’s vast canvas.

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda also brings his thrilling energy to bear

on Debussy’s magical Nocturnes, three sound portraits of subtle shades

and dazzling light. Twenty-Seven Heavens, by Richard Causton, is part

of New Music 20x12, delivered by PRS for Music Foundation with the

BBC, LOCOG and NMC Recordings.

‘The EUYO played... with such vitality and brilliance that they certainly

turned heads.’ Berliner Zeitung

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

Thursday 23 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

2 hours 10 minutes approximately

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Gustav Mahler

Jugendorchester

Daniele Gatti Conductor

Wagner Prelude to Act 3 from Parsifal

Good Friday Music from Parsifal

Mahler Symphony No 7

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is one of the world’s most revered

ensembles of young musicians – and also one of the largest, with over

80 string players alone. None of its members is over the age of 26,

and they are hand-picked from the best young musicians throughout

Europe. Famed for its breathtaking energy, agility and great sonic beauty,

the orchestra excels in music on a grand scale, including the works by

the two great 19th-century composers in tonight’s programme.

Mahler’s dark-hued Symphony No 7 charts a journey from dusk

to dawn, with music that is passionate and lyrical, yet also at times

chilling and grotesque. Conductor Daniele Gatti has a well-established

reputation as a fine Mahlerian. He also has an instinctive flair for opera,

and conducts the mystical orchestral meditations from Wagner’s final

stage work.

‘As an exercise in orchestral technique it was supreme, as a musical

encounter it was better still.’ New Statesman

‘Simply ravishing... an extraordinary phenomenon’ The Scotsman

Friday 24 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

2 hours 10 minutes approximately

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The

Nutcracker

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov Conductor

National Youth Choir of Scotland

Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker (complete ballet)

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite is one of the composer’s best-loved

works, with timeless pieces including the ‘Trepak’, ‘Waltz of the Flowers’

and ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’. Hearing the suite’s wealth of

melody in its rightful place as part of Tchaikovsky’s complete ballet score

places the famous movements in their true dramatic context, and also

offers the chance to discover lesser-known gems.

Ilan Volkov directs the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in sumptuous

music that’s perfect for festive occasions of all seasons, and enchants

listeners whatever their age.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

Saturday 25 August 7.30pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

2 hours approximately

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Budapest

Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer Conductor

József Lendvay Violin

Bartók Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz100

Violin Concerto No 1

Mahler Symphony No 5

Iván Fischer founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra 29 years ago

and today it is one of central Europe’s most prestigious ensembles,

its unmistakable sound combining Magyar fire with thrilling spontaneity.

It is just the orchestra to bring a spellbinding authenticity to its

compatriot Béla Bartók’s folk-inspired Hungarian Peasant Songs,

and to his youthful First Violin Concerto, a tender musical love letter

that went unanswered. Soloist József Lendvay, too, is steeped in

Magyar culture: the son of a Hungarian folk musician, he brings

a virile virtuosity to the music of his homeland.

The famous Adagietto used in Visconti’s 1971 film Death in Venice

forms the slow movement of Mahler’s Symphony No 5. It is a beautiful

love song without words. Hearing the whole symphony is a triumphant

journey from tragedy to jubilation.

‘The Budapest Festival Orchestra filled the Royal Albert Hall with

pounding, blinding energy.’ The Daily Telegraph

‘the sheer power of the Budapest players took the breath away’

The Scotsman

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

Sunday 26 August 7.30pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

2 hours 15 minutes approximately

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Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons Conductor

Baiba Skride Violin

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Sofia Gubaidulina Offertorium, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Sibelius Symphony No 2

Often considered to embody the spirit of Finnish nationalism, Sibelius’s

Second Symphony is one of the composer’s warmest pieces, emerging

from forest murmuring at its opening to the blazing light of its grandiose

conclusion’s triumphant fanfares.

The violin concerto Offertorium by Tartar-born composer Sofia

Gubaidulina has become a modern classic, its profound spiritual

message conveyed in music of glowing transcendance. Written in

defiance of Soviet oppression, its score was smuggled out of the

USSR for its 1981 premiere in Vienna. It is just the piece to showcase

the lyricism and emotional depth of Latvian-born violinist Baiba

Skride’s playing to the full.

‘Andris Nelsons is six-and-a-half feet of pure energy’ The Daily Telegraph

‘there really is something going on between Nelsons and the

CBSO… an alchemy that makes the combination irresistible

in concert.’ The Guardian

Tuesday 28 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

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The English Concert

David Daniels

Harry Bicket Director and harpsichord

David Daniels Countertenor

Nadja Zwiener Violin

Katharina Spreckelsen Oboe

A. Scarlatti Sinfonia ‘Clori, Dorino e Amore’

Cantata ‘Perchè tacete, regolati concenti’

J.S. Bach Concerto in A for oboe d’amore BWV1055

Concerto in C minor for oboe and violin BWV1060

Vivaldi Cantata ‘Cessate, omai cessate’

Handel ‘Crede l’uom’ from Il trinofo del tempo e del disinganno

‘Voi che udite’ from Agrippina

‘Perfido’ from Radamisto

World-renowned countertenor David Daniels joins The English Concert,

one of Europe’s most celebrated period-instrument ensembles, for

sparkling vocal and instrumental showpieces by some of the continent’s

greatest Baroque composers.

Daniels’s peerless lyricism and infectious energy will be put to good use

in three passionate arias by Handel. Scarlatti’s Perchè tacete, regolati

concenti and Vivaldi’s Cessate, omai cessate are intense cantatas of

unrequited love, one full of ornate floating melodies, the other brimming

with rage and heartbreak – and both ideal settings for Daniels’s vivid

characterisation and gymnastic vocal abilities.

‘Bicket is a sure and stylish Baroque hand and directed his colleagues

with grace and aplomb’ Chicago Classical Review

Wednesday 29 August 7.30pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

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Philharmonia

Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor

Viviane Hagner Violin

Unsuk Chin Violin Concerto

Bruckner Symphony No 4 in E flat ‘Romantic’

Principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia

Orchestra in Bruckner’s magnificent Fourth Symphony, one of the

composer’s most popular works.

Nicknamed the ‘Romantic’ in reference to its themes of medieval

chivalry, the Symphony moves from an evocative awakening of nature

in its first movement to the majestic affirmations of its conclusion in

music of radiant grandeur.

The Violin Concerto by South Korean-born composer Unsuk Chin won

the 2004 Grawemeyer Award, contemporary music’s most coveted

prize, for its glittering sounds and expressive beauty. German violinist

Viviane Hagner, tonight’s soloist, knows the virtuosic solo part better

than anyone: she gave the first performance in 2002, and even

advised the composer on the score.

‘The orchestra were at the top of their game’ The Guardian

‘The Philharmonia’s playing was terrific, in detail and in grand design’

The Observer

Thursday 30 August 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 55 minutes approximately

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Scottish

Chamber Orchestra

Robin Ticciati Conductor

Alina Pogostkina Violin

Anja Kampe Soprano

Sir Willard White Bass baritone

Mahler What the Wild Flowers Tell Me (arr. Britten)

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No 14

Lyricism and virtuosity mingle in Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Violin Concerto,

a showpiece of agility and speed that also demands great sensitivity

in its wistful slow movement. Its soloist, Russian-born violinist Alina

Pogostkina, is one of the most sought-after young talents today,

praised for her subtle nuances and fiery passion.

The carefree mood is earlier set by What the Wild Flowers Tell Me,

Britten’s delicate arrangement of the second movement of Mahler’s

Third Symphony, one of the composer’s most graceful, gentle pieces.

Conductor Robin Ticciati changes the atmosphere completely with

Shostakovich’s Symphony No 14, a gripping examination of our

mortality that rages against death and celebrates life. It’s a riveting

setting of 11 poems for two singers and chamber orchestra, for

which Ticciati is joined by two celebrated soloists – the outstanding

German-born soprano Anja Kampe and the powerful bass baritone

Sir Willard White.

Robin Ticciati and Scottish Chamber Orchestra:

‘One of the great partnerships in British music’ The Daily Telegraph

Friday 31 August 7.30pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

2 hours approximately

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Belshazzar’s

Feast

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

David Robertson Conductor

Neal Davies Baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Ives The Unanswered Question

Feldman Coptic Light

Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

Music

The Festival’s concert programme concludes as it began: with grand,

celebratory British choral music. Walton’s much-loved Belshazzar’s

Feast is one of the composer’s most acclaimed pieces, telling of the

Jews’ miraculous regaining of their freedom following the fall of the

Babylonian King Belshazzar. Welsh-born baritone Neal Davies, a regular

visitor to the Festival, takes the demanding solo part in a thrilling work

full of rich orchestration and fiery climaxes.

American conductor David Robertson precedes Walton’s opulent

oratorio with music by two of his pioneering compatriots. Ives’s

The Unanswered Question is an enigmatic piece with a solo trumpet

throwing out interrogations to the cosmos. The shimmering web of

hushed sounds that forms Morton Feldman’s Coptic Light delights

the ear with its luminous patterns of light and shade.

Saturday 1 September 8.00pm

Usher Hall

Tickets

£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12

1 hour 40 minutes approximately

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Gagaku

Imperial Court Music

and Dance of Japan

Wednesday 22 August 7.30pm

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets

£30 £27 £22 £17 £12

2 hours 10 minutes approximately

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Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo

Gagaku is the world’s oldest living orchestral tradition. This music of

unforgettable elegance and beauty dates back to 5th century Japan.

Performed by a powerful ensemble of wind instruments, plucked strings

and deeply resonant percussion, its slow-moving melodies and exquisite

harmonies suggest a serene world of ancient ritual and contemplation.

Gagaku performances are as arresting to watch as they are to hear.

Dancers interpret the stately music with stylised movements, and

the musicians’ dramatic costumes and the dazzling decor are just

as important as the astonishing music.

The musicians of the Imperial Household in Tokyo are Japan’s most

exceptional players. One of Japan’s most ancient performing groups,

the ensemble is designated a living national treasure, its performances

usually reserved for the private ceremonies of the Japanese imperial

family. This is a very rare chance to hear one of the pinnacles of

Japanese culture in a wide-ranging programme of traditional court

music and dance, its only performance in the UK.


V i r g i n M o n e y

F i re w o r k s

Concer t

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Garry Walker Conductor

Walton Orb and Sceptre

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

Walton Suite from Henry V (excerpts)

Bringing Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a magnificent

conclusion, the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert combines passionate

music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with breathtaking

pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists

Pyrovision to enhance the musical experience. It is all set against the

stunning backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic castle.

This year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert is a feast of pageantry and

patriotism, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also echoing

the Festival’s Shakespearean offerings.

Walton’s noble Orb and Sceptre march was written for the coronation

of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. It is followed by Vaughan Williams’s

glowing pastoral evocation of the folk song ‘Greensleeves’. Prokofiev’s

ballet score for Romeo and Juliet is where the greatest love story meets

the greatest entertainment, and is well-known to viewers of the BBC’s

The Apprentice. The concert’s triumphant conclusion is Walton’s music

for Laurence Olivier’s great 1944 film Henry V.

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features and advice on how to make the best of your evening at the

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.

Please note that there are special ticket sales arrangements for this

event. See page 70 for further details.

Sunday 2 September 9.00pm

Tickets

Ross Theatre (seated)

£27.50

Princes Street Gardens (standing)

£12.50

New for 2012

£17.50 for priority entry

45 minutes approximately

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Photo Rob McDougall


52 Greyfriars

Gr e yf r i a r s

Greyfriars Series is supported by

The Binks Trust

His Majestys Sagbutts and

Cornetts and Concerto Palatino

A CELEBRATION OF GIOVANNI GABRIELI

Two of the world’s finest early brass ensembles join

forces to reveal the awe-inspiring splendours of

Renaissance brass music, exploring the gleaming

sounds of Giovanni Gabrieli’s monumental pieces

to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

The virtuoso players of both His Majestys Sagbutts

and Cornetts and Concerto Palatino ensure an

authentically resplendent sound.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s

Early Music Show at a later date.

Monday 13 August 5.45pm

eif.co.uk/sagbutts

Dalmatica

Dialogos

Katarina Livljanić Director

Kantaduri

Josˇ ko Caleta Director

Paris-based vocal ensemble Dialogos brings alive

some of the earliest known music, in performances

renowned for their purity and spirituality. Dalmatica

is a collaboration between the six female singers

of Dialogos and Kantaduri, a choir of six traditional

Croatian male cantors. They each explore the

extraordinary richness of Dalmatian chant and

religious music since the Middle Ages, in which

Roman Catholic and Byzantine traditions collide,

creating a glowing sound fresco of colourful,

compelling pieces.

Tuesday 14 August 5.45pm

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Greyfriars Kirk

Tickets

£20

1 hour approximately

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Concerto Caledonia

MUSIC BY TOBIAS HUME

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One of Scotland’s premier early-music ensembles,

Concerto Caledonia has an enviable reputation for

reviving little-known but important music from the

country’s past. Joined by tenor Thomas Walker,

the group explores subtle instrumental gems and

songs by 16th-century Scottish composer, viol

player and soldier Tobias Hume, which display

his extraordinarily fertile imagination.

Wednesday 15 August 5.45pm

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Arcangelo and Iestyn Davies

MUSIC BY GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

AND NICOLA ANTONIO PORPORA

Iestyn Davies Countertenor

Arcangelo

Jonathan Cohen Cello and director

Stéphanie-Marie Degand Violin

Kristian Bezuidenhout Organ, harpsichord

Mónica Pustilnik Guitar, lute

Exciting young period-instrument ensemble

Arcangelo makes its Festival debut with the

acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies.

Handel and Porpora were two great rival composers

in the 18th century, the former supported by King

George II and the latter by his son, Frederick, Prince

of Wales. Both composers strove for ever greater

feats of expression, as displayed in the simmering

passions of their chamber cantatas performed today.

Their extraordinarily taxing vocal parts were designed

to show off the solo singer’s virtuosity and subtlety.

Thursday 16 August 5.45pm

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Homayun Sakhi Trio

Homayun Sakhi Rubab

Salar Nader Tabla

Abbos Kosimov Doyra

Kabul-born virtuoso Homayun Sakhi is arguably

the greatest living exponent of the Afghan rubab,

a plucked stringed instrument of great subtlety.

This is a rare chance to hear the highly expressive

music of Afghanistan, involving thrilling interplay

between the three musicians, building to exciting

conclusions full of swirling melodic colours.

Friday 17 August 5.45pm

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Supported by

Aga Khan Foundation

Ricercar Consort 01

MUSIC BY JOHN BLOW AND HENRY PURCELL

Philippe Pierlot Bass viol and director

Robin Blaze Countertenor

Carlos Mena Countertenor

Philippe Pierlot and his renowned period-instrument

Ricercar Consort make a welcome return to the

Festival for two concerts of early English music. The

first explores poignant songs and odes by Purcell

alongside Blow’s Ode on the Death of Henry Purcell.

Monday 20 August 5.45pm

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Ricercar Consort 02

MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER TYE

AND WILLIAM BYRD

Philippe Pierlot Bass viol and director

For their second concert, Philippe Pierlot and the

Ricercar Consort explore uplifting and moving music

by Byrd and Tye for viol consort, an expressive early

ensemble that can be considered a predecessor of

the string quartet.

Tuesday 21 August 5.45pm

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Hebrides Ensemble

and Synergy Vocals

JAMES MACMILLAN WORLD PREMIERE

William Conway Cello and director

Scotland’s premier new-music group, Hebrides

Ensemble joins forces with Synergy Vocals and

renowned bass Brindley Sherratt for the world

premiere of a new hour-long piece, co-commissioned

by the Festival, by leading Scottish composer James

MacMillan. Based on the story of the Resurrection,

Since it was the day of preparation… is a major

work full of dazzling virtuoso music in which Sherratt

portrays the figure of Christ.

Wednesday 22 August 5.45pm

eif.co.uk/hebrides-synergy

Supported through the

Scottish Government’s

Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Alim Qasimov Ensemble

Alim Qasimov Voice, daf

Fargana Qasimova Voice, daf

Rauf Islamov Kamancha

Zaki Valiyev Tar

Rafael Asgarov Clarinet, balaban

Javidan Nabiyev Naghara

Alim Qasimov has been described as one of the

world’s greatest vocalists. His performances of Azeri

mugham – the classical music of Azerbaijan – are

recognised worldwide for their searing intensity and

raw emotion. Qasimov shares the stage with his

daughter Fargana, their soaring voices combining in

dramatic vocal duets on themes of love and devotion.

Thursday 23 August 5.45pm

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Supported by

Aga Khan Foundation

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54 The Queen’s Hall Series

The

Q u e e n ’s

H a l l

Series

Start your day with an unforgettable musical experience at the Festival’s

celebrated and hugely popular Queen’s Hall Series. Immerse yourself

in a world of music – from the USA to Russia, from Europe to Australia

– and a profusion of styles to excite and delight every taste, from piano

and song recitals to string quartets, and from early opera to jazz guitar.

As well as much-loved chamber masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven,

Schubert and Brahms, there are thrilling discoveries to be made in

French wind quintets, a wide-ranging chamber orchestra programme,

and the arresting music of contemporary British composer

Thomas Adès.

Alongside performances by many of the world’s most respected

established artists, this year’s Queen’s Hall concerts focus on some

of the finest young musicians of today, figures whose acclaimed

interpretations have already made a truly global impact.

The Queen’s Hall Series is supported by

Edinburgh International Festival Benefactors

eif.co.uk/queenshall

Ferrier Centenary

Celebration Concert

Kitty Whately Mezzo soprano

Njabulo Madlala Baritone

Sir Thomas Allen Baritone

Roger Vignoles Piano

Songs by Gounod, Debussy, Duparc, Ravel and Brahms,

and folksongs from Northumbria and South Africa

The legendary contralto Kathleen Ferrier was one of the finest voices

Britain has ever produced, achieving world renown and a very special

relationship with the Edinburgh International Festival through her

memorable performances in its early years. This thrilling showcase

of vocal talent celebrates her legacy.

The Kathleen Ferrier Award was set up to honour outstanding young

singers at the start of their careers, and its winners represent the most

exciting hopes for the opera houses and Lieder platforms of the future.

London-born mezzo soprano Kitty Whately, praised for her sweet-toned

voice and natural charisma, was the 2011 recipient, and South African

baritone Njabulo Madlala won in 2010 with his rich, creamy tones and

dramatic characterisation.

They are joined by two masters of the Lieder recital, Sir Thomas Allen

and pianist Roger Vignoles, for a wide-ranging programme contrasting

the rich Romanticism of Gounod and Brahms with the subtle,

evocative impressionism of Debussy, Ravel and Duparc, and also

taking in folksongs from Allen’s Northumbrian and Madlala’s South

African homelands.

Saturday 11 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/ferrier

Photo Robert Piwco

Supported by

Frank Hitchman

With additional support from

Ian Smith of

Stornoway Legacy

Photo Robert Piwco


Trio Zimmermann

Schubert String Trio in B flat D471

Schoenberg String Trio

Mozart Divertimento in E flat

Praised for its ravishing sound and commanding performances,

Trio Zimmermann was formed in 2007 by violinist Frank Peter

Zimmermann, violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra,

each an internationally acclaimed soloist in his own right. The ensemble

thrilled Festival audiences in 2010 with an all-Beethoven programme.

Despite its title, Mozart’s Divertimento in E flat is not light music at all

– it is one of the towering achievements of chamber music. It is also

one of Mozart’s noblest works, each instrument playing an equal role

in conveying its warm-hearted intimacy.

Schoenberg’s String Trio is a remarkably intense and virtuosic piece,

and Schubert’s single-movement Trio in B flat opens the concert on

a generous, easy-going note.

‘Individually... (they) are fabulous musicians – but combined they

are explosive’ The Scotsman

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Monday 13 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/zimmermann

Photo Mats Bäcker

Antonio Meneses Cello

Maria João Pires Piano

Schubert Sonata in A minor ‘Arpeggione’

Brahms Three Intermezzi Op 117

Mendelssohn Song without Words in D Op 109

Brahms Cello Sonata No 1 in E minor

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Portuguese-born pianist Maria João Pires has the ability to transfix

audiences with her performances, combining spellbinding poetry

and utter sincerity. She is joined by Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses,

formerly cellist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, who is admired for his

luminous, refined playing. Together, their elegant interpretations let the

beauty of the music they play shine through.

Their programme is one of understated passion, from the lyricism and

aching melancholy of Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata to the joyful

Song without Words by Mendelssohn. Pires performs three solo-piano

intermezzi by Brahms, deeply personal works of tranquillity and

peacefulness, and the two players come together for the same

composer’s songful First Cello Sonata, full of rapturous expression.

‘There was totally equal converse, as though only a single musical

mind were at work’ The Times

Tuesday 14 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/pires-meneses

Photo Marco Borggreve

Supported by

Donald and

Louise MacDonald

Photo Felix Broede


56 The Queen’s Hall Series

Les Vents Français

Ibert Trois pièces brèves

Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin

Milhaud Quintet ‘La cheminée du Roi René’

Barber Summer Music

Zemlinsky Humoreske

Taffanel Quintet

Making its Festival debut, Les Vents Français gathers together five

of the world’s top wind players, each one a virtuoso soloist – flautist

Emmanuel Pahud, oboist François Leleux, clarinettist Paul Meyer,

bassoonist Gilbert Audin and horn player Radovan Vlatković .

They celebrate French wind music at its elegant, witty best.

Succinct and delicious pieces by Ibert and Milhaud frame Ravel’s

glittering Le tombeau de Couperin. Barber’s bluesy Summer

Music contrasts languid charm with lively activity, and the richly

Romantic Quintet in G minor by Paul Taffanel is full of lyricism

and opulent harmonies.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Wednesday 15 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/lesvents

Supported by

Mr Hedley G Wright

Photo wildundleise.de

Leif Ove Andsnes Piano

Beethoven Piano Sonata in C Op 53 ‘Waldstein

Piano Sonata in F Op 54

Chopin Three Waltzes Op 70

Ballades Nos 1 and 3

Waltz in A flat Op 42

Nocturne in B Op 62 No 1

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most gifted musicians

of his generation, his immaculate performances establishing a rapturous

atmosphere with their clear-headed, penetrating interpretations.

He makes a welcome return to the Festival with music by two

of the composers most dear to him.

Beethoven’s ‘Waldstein’ Sonata is a tour de force of invention and

emotion, from the meditative stillness of its slow movement to its

triumphant conclusion, while the Piano Sonata in F Opus 54, shows

the composer’s humorous side. Chopin’s exquisite waltzes, full of

sophistication, are the ideal vehicles for Andsnes’s lucid, supple playing,

and the ballades demand the power and commanding technique that

are his trademark.

‘His playing was impressively pristine, lucid and supple.’

The New York Times

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Thursday 16 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/andsnes

Supported by

Donald and

Louise MacDonald

Photo Felix Broede


Leonidas Kavakos Violin

Nikolai Lugansky Piano

Janáček Violin Sonata

Brahms Violin Sonata No 1 in G

Stravinsky Duo concertante

Respighi Violin Sonata

Leonidas Kavakos has been widely praised for his passionate

performances combining physicality with an intense intimacy. He

returns to the Festival after a triumphant recital in 2008, when he

also had popular success with the London Symphony Orchestra

under Valery Gergiev, with whom he performs Szymanowski’s Violin

Concerto No 2 in the Usher Hall this year.

Joined by the inspirational Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky, a performer

who mixes subtle refinement with breathtaking virtuosity, Kavakos

performs four ravishing chamber masterpieces.

Brahms’s dreamy, rain-inspired First Sonata is full of languid melodies

and graceful tenderness, while Respighi’s seldom-heard Violin Sonata is

a turbulent piece, with passionate climaxes and soaring solo lines. Violin

and piano are in competition in Stravinsky’s fiery Duo concertante, and

Janáč ek’s folk-inspired Violin Sonata swings restlessly between sunny

melodies and episodes of great poignancy.

Kavakos: ‘playing so good that you could scarcely believe it came from

a fallible human being.’ Financial Times

Lugansky: ‘rippling brilliance in his artistic armoury’ Daily Express

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Friday 17 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/kavakos-lugansky

Photo Yannis Bournias

Les Arts Florissants

Paul Agnew Conductor

Elodie Fonnard Soprano

Rachel Redmond Soprano

Reinoud Van Mechelen Tenor

Pierre Bessière Bass

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Airs and instrumental music from early French opera

by Cambert, Lully, Grabu, Charpentier and Rameau

The musicians of Les Arts Florissants are considered to be among the

world’s greatest interpreters of the sparkling, brightly coloured works of

French Baroque opera, with fresh, sensual performances full of dancing

rhythms and simmering passions.

Under conductor Paul Agnew, they bring together some of the genre’s

most fascinating moments, and also chart a brief history of the period,

from the very first French opera, Robert Cambert’s Pomone of 1671,

through to the imaginative, sensual music of Rameau’s highly virtuosic

Les Indes galantes of 1735. On the way, we discover Lully’s first and last

stage works, Cadmus et Hermione and Armide, the French-style opera

that Louis Grabu wrote for the English court of Charles II, and the dark

yet spectacular Médée by Charpentier.

‘So immaculately assured and yet sounded so spontaneous’

The Guardian

Saturday 18 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/florissants

Supported by

Dunard Fund

Photo Pascal Gely


58 The Queen’s Hall Series

Calder Quartet

Mozart String Quartet in C K465 ‘Dissonance’

Thomas Adès Arcadiana

Andrew Norman ‘... toward sunrise and the prime of light...’

Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor Op 80

The players of the Calder Quartet from Los Angeles are as at ease

performing with rock musicians Airborne Toxic Event and Andrew WK

as they are in their incisive interpretations of the Classical repertoire.

They have collaborated extensively with British composer Thomas

Adès, and their lyrical performances of his nostalgic Arcadiana,

seven exquisite miniatures evoking idyllic memories of places real

and imagined, have been widely acclaimed.

Alongside a rapturous short piece by young US composer Andrew

Norman and the glowing melodies of Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ Quartet,

they also perform Mendelssohn’s last major work, a hugely impassioned

piece full of rage and lamentation, written shortly after the death of the

composer’s beloved sister.

‘a group of four dynamic and wickedly talented musicians’

Hollywood Weekly

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Monday 20 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/calder

Photo Tyler Boye

Rebecca Evans Soprano

Malcolm Martineau Piano

Songs by Purcell, Bellini, Mozart, Bizet, Gounod, Hahn,

Saint-Saëns, Obradors, Bernstein and Dilys Elwyn-Edwards

Hearing Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans perform is an electrifying

experience. She brings a warmth and natural charm to her music,

yet her interpretations display her astonishing technical assurance

and a fierce emotional intensity.

Her recital ranges from restrained yet vivid songs by Purcell to the

tongue-in-cheek recipe settings of Bernstein’s La bonne cuisine,

by way of the languid love songs of Bellini’s Sei ariette. Evans also

includes a selection of Mozart’s Lieder and the 1977 Nature Songs

by her compatriot Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, as well as two Spanish sets:

Granados’s passionate La maja dolorosa, and folk-inspired songs

by Obradors.

Evans is joined by the acclaimed Edinburgh-born pianist Malcolm

Martineau, accompanist of choice for a whole generation of

renowned Lieder artists.

‘A riveting, note-perfect performance’ Mail on Sunday

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Tuesday 21 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/evans-martineau

Supported by

David McLellan

Photo Sian Trenberth


John Williams Guitar

John Etheridge Guitar

Two of the world’s greatest guitarists – one the most celebrated classical

guitarist of his generation, and the other a luminary of jazz and blues

guitar – unite for an eclectic concert fusing jazz, folk, world and classical

music. They have collaborated for over a decade, combining their

contrasting styles into a fascinating mix.

Both guitarists have refused to recognise orthodox musical boundaries,

as today’s performance demonstrates. Among compositions by John

Williams and jazz and blues standards from John Etheridge, they play

dazzling music from across Africa, Bach, and Paul Hart’s witty homage

to Beethoven, Ludwig’s Horse, written specially for the duo.

‘Together they made charming music that bridged their different

worlds while allowing scope to display their individual skills.’

London Evening Standard

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Wednesday 22 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/williams-etheridge

Photo Kathy Panama

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Luca Pisaroni Bass baritone

Justus Zeyen Piano

Songs by Schubert, Rossini, Meyerbeer and Liszt

Luca Pisaroni has been hailed as one of the most captivating and

versatile singers of his generation, with a rich, dark voice that’s also

startlingly agile. The Venezuelan-born, Italian-educated bass baritone

has been praised for his opera performances worldwide, and today’s

recital appropriately focuses on vivid, opera-inspired songs that are

full of drama and passion.

Schubert’s Three Songs D902 are showpieces that reveal the clear

influence of Rossini, and they are followed by a vibrant selection from

Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse and seldom-heard gems by Meyerbeer.

Pisaroni’s Liszt selection includes the beautiful Petrarch Sonnets,

which display the composer’s masterful gifts as a dramatist, with

characteristically virtuosic piano accompaniments delivered by

German pianist Justus Zeyen.

‘Lithe and handsome, Pisaroni has an attractive stage presence, and

his singing was mellifluous and expressive.’ San Francisco Chronicle

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Thursday 23 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/pisaroni-zeyen

Photo Marco Borggreve


60 The Queen’s Hall Series

Daniil Trifonov Piano

Scriabin Piano Sonata No 3

Medtner Three Fairy Tales (Skazki)

Stravinsky Three Dances from The Firebird (arr. Agosti)

Debussy Images, Book 1

Chopin Etudes Op 25

One of the most exciting new names in pianism, young Russian pianist

Daniil Trifonov spectacularly won two of the world’s toughest piano

competitions – Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Competition and Russia’s

Tchaikovsky Competition – within weeks of each other in 2011,

confirming his glowing reputation as one of his generation’s most

outstanding pianists.

Trifonov has been praised for his astonishing technical command,

his overwhelming energy, and his total absorption in his music.

He performs pieces by three of his compatriots – Scriabin’s rhapsodic

Third Sonata, three of Medtner’s vividly descriptive Fairy Tales, and

Guido Agosti’s dazzling, flamboyant arrangements of Stravinsky.

Debussy’s Images and Chopin’s Etudes provide an opportunity for

Trifonov to display his sensitivity and delicacy as well as his supreme

technical skills.

‘Every note he touched was pure gold... Compelling, radiant, every

gesture in the music lovingly communicated’ New York Concert Review

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Friday 24 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

2 hours approximately

eif.co.uk/trifonov

Supported by

The Inches Carr Trust

Photo Vadim Shults

Anne Schwanewilms Soprano

Malcolm Martineau Piano

Songs by Debussy, Wolf and Strauss

German lyric soprano Anne Schwanewilms is one of today’s finest opera

singers, and her imaginative insight, dramatic flair and lustrous tone are

equally apparent in her bewitching song recitals.

Joined by Malcolm Martineau, she performs a selection from Hugo

Wolf’s settings of highly charged poems by Eduard Mörike, each one

a miniature drama of expressive intensity and harmonic sophistication.

She also takes on three of Richard Strauss’s joyful Opus 49 songs,

and the ethereal symbolism of Debussy’s contemplative early

Proses lyriques.

‘Schwanewilms and her accompanist rose to majestic heights

of musicianship’ Opera Today

Saturday 25 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/schwanewilms-martineau

Photo Javier del Real


Dietrich Henschel Baritone

Steven Osborne Piano

Songs by Wolf, Korngold, Martin and Mahler

German baritone Dietrich Henschel brings his wide experience on the

opera stage to his dramatic, heartfelt concert performances, in which

he truly embodies the emotions of his songs. His welcome return to

the Festival is in a programme of rich, passionate late-Romantic song.

He is joined by the acclaimed Scottish pianist Steven Osborne, praised

widely for his dazzling pianism, his characterful, nuanced interpretations

and the restrained intensity of his playing.

Alongside poignant settings of Byron and Michelangelo by Wolf,

Henschel and Osborne perform evocative songs from both ends of

Korngold’s career: four remarkable Lieder written when the composer

was just a teenager, and three later songs that draw on his well-loved

film scores. The powerful Jedermann Monologues by Frank Martin are

among the composer’s most moving creations, dealing with mortality,

faith and redemption. Henschel contrasts them with four of Mahler’s

vivid folk-poetry settings from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

‘Dietrich Henschel and pianist Steven Osborne perform with sheer

intelligence and communicative power’ The Daily Telegraph

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Monday 27 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/henschel-osborne

Photo Thibaut/Naive Records

Photo Ben Ealovega

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Francesco Piemontesi Piano

Mozart Piano Sonata in D K284

Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien

Webern Variations Op 27

Schubert Piano Sonata in A minor D845

The enormously gifted young Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi

is one of the piano world’s rising stars, admired for his intimate,

singing tone and his keen musical integrity. His carefully considered

interpretations are all the more thrilling for their sudden eruptions of

wild abandon.

Piemontesi’s gift for theatricality is the ideal match for Schumann’s

effervescent Faschingsschwank aus Wien (‘Carnival Scenes from

Vienna’), with its vivid scenes of Viennese dance, drama and revelry,

which he precedes with Mozart’s grand D major Sonata. Webern’s

Variations are terse and taut, and Piemontesi concludes his recital

with the emotional intensity of Schubert’s great Sonata in A minor,

one of the composer’s most personal creations.

‘Clarity of thought is complemented by clarity of touch, incisive intellect

by a good dose of fantasy.’ BBC Music Magazine

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Tuesday 28 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

2 hours approximately

eif.co.uk/piemontesi

Supported by

Frank Hitchman

Photo Marco Borggreve


62 The Queen’s Hall Series

Toby Spence Tenor

Julian Milford Piano

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte

Mahler Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Schumann Dichterliebe

Internationally renowned British lyric tenor Toby Spence has long been

acclaimed in an astonishingly wide range of music, from the Baroque

through to contemporary works, and admired for the passion and

insights of his powerfully expressive interpretations.

He opens his recital with Beethoven’s stormy An die ferne Geliebte

(‘To the Distant Beloved’), a cycle of love songs to a faraway lover that

are full of heartfelt longing and inner turmoil. After five striking Lieder

from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Spence concludes with one

of the best-loved song cycles in the repertoire: Schumann’s Dichterliebe,

‘A Poet’s Love’. A poignant work that follows a journey from passion to

disillusion as a young writer realises his love is not returned, it contains

songs of the utmost delicacy and of blazing youthful ardour.

It is just the piece to showcase Spence’s vivid characterisation,

and its prominent piano part is delivered by his regular recital partner,

British pianist Julian Milford.

‘a singer of rare genius’ Seen and Heard International

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Wednesday 29 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/spence-milford

Supported by

John-Paul and

Joanna Temperley

Photo Mitch Jenkins

Llyr Williams Piano

Liszt Vallée d’Obermann

Sonetto del Petrarca No 104

Les jeux d’eaux à la villa d’Este

Tarantelle di bravura (Venezia e Napoli)

Piano Sonata in B minor

The hypnotically intense performances of pianist Llyr ˆ Williams have

thrilled audiences with their breathtaking power and revelatory insights.

For this concert, he scales the heights of 19th-century piano virtuosity

in contrasting pieces by one of the greatest ever composers for

the instrument.

Liszt is famed for his spectacular showpieces that push performers

to their limits. But his music is equally possessed of a transcendental

spirituality, as revealed in the ecstatic Vallée d’Obermann, which conveys

a sense of wonder at nature’s grandeur. Les jeux d’eaux à la villa d’Este

is a shimmering evocation of light and water, and the monumental

Sonata in B minor, a piece of startling originality and daring emotional

scope, is the ideal showpiece for Williams’s astonishing abilities.

‘His performance was near-miraculous’ The Herald

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Thursday 30 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/llyrwilliams

Supported by

Joscelyn Fox

Photo John Ferro Sims


Australian

Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti Director and violin

CPE Bach String Symphony in B flat Wq182 No 2

Peteris Vasks Vox amoris

Scelsi Anagamin

Grieg String Quartet in G minor (arr. Tognetti)

Acclaimed for its vibrant, stylish delivery, the Australian Chamber

Orchestra is an ensemble like no other. Its performers stand to play,

giving the orchestra the huge sense of energy that defines its elegance

and verve. Violinist Richard Tognetti is the driving force behind the

orchestra and it is his dramatic orchestral arrangement of Grieg’s

heartfelt String Quartet that forms the concert’s climax.

In a typically eclectic programme, the orchestra also reaches back to

the daring expressivity of CPE Bach’s String Symphony in B flat, and

explores two modern masterworks: the bewitching soundscape of

Scelsi’s Anagamin, and Peteris Vasks’s beautifully meditative Vox amoris,

written specially for the ACO with Tognetti as the soloist.

‘Richard Tognetti and his group produced playing of fabulous alertness

and tight ensemble’ The Guardian

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Friday 31 August 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/aco

Photo Paul Henderson-Kelly

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Emerson String Quartet

Mozart String Quartet in D K575

Thomas Adès The Four Quarters

Beethoven String Quartet in E flat Op 127

The Queen’s Hall Series concludes with one of America’s finest string

quartets, famed for its impeccable technique, assured musicality and

dramatic spontaneity.

In a wide-ranging programme, the Emerson String Quartet contrasts

two late masterpieces from Mozart and Beethoven with a fresh work

by one of Britain’s leading composers, Thomas Adès, which the players

premiered only last year.

Beethoven’s Opus 127 Quartet is the first of his so-called ‘late quartets’,

in which the composer explores hitherto uncharted depths of intense

spirituality. Its music touches on the profoundest emotions, with

melodies of great lyricism and ineffable beauty.

Mozart’s Quartet K575 is a sprightly, glittering piece with a prominent

cello part written for the Prussian King Wilhelm Friedrich II to play.

The vivid sound pictures of Adès’s The Four Quarters evoke night

time, dawn and daytime in virtuosic music, including an unforgettable

movement describing a shimmering cascade of raindrops.

‘one of the most impressive of American string quartets.’

The New York Times

Saturday 1 September 11.00am

The Queen’s Hall

Tickets

£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8

1 hour 45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/emerson

Supported by

The Peter Diamand Trust

Photo Lisa-Marie Mazzucco


64 Encounters

E n c o u n t e r s

Ideas, cultural assumptions, the art of satire, notions of truce and

much more are explored, challenged and debated in this high-powered

series presented in collaboration with British Council Scotland.

The extraordinary performers and artists in the Festival programme

come together with public intellectuals, cultural commentators and

international academics to discuss ideas and themes thrown up by

the Festival performance programme.

What Does It Mean to be British?

In a provocative keynote address, Robert McCrum, associate editor

of The Observer and author of Globish, argues that it is not a suicide

mission to define Britishness in terms of our inheritance and that,

properly expressed, the definition can be a passport to a renewed and

vigorous participation in global affairs. Having analysed what he calls the

seven ages of Britishness, McCrum demonstrates how modern Britons,

free at last from the taint of imperialism, are becoming citizens of a new

world of innovation and opportunity. Chaired by Martin Davidson, Chief

Executive of the British Council.

Sunday 12 August 2.30pm

The Four Nations of the United Kingdom

A distinguished panel of creative writers meets to explore the voices

of the four nations of the United Kingdom. Irish playwright Frank

McGuinness, Scots poet and novelist Jackie Kay, writer and Wales’ first

National Poet Gwyneth Lewis and English poet Lavinia Greenlaw come

together for a series of readings and to discuss the distinctive voices

that comprise the United Kingdom today. Chaired by Scottish poet

Don Paterson.

Monday 13 August 2.30pm

All events in the Encounters series are Speech-to-Text Reported.

For deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing audience members,

a Speech-to-Text Reporter types words as they are spoken which

are instantly displayed on screens so that you can follow the talks

and discussions.

Athletes and Ideals

Louise Martin, Vice Chair of the Organising Committee of

Commonwealth Games Scotland, chairs this discussion on what sport

means to us today and the values of the classical Greek athlete. With

Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA’s Speed of Light, runner and

writer Robin Harvie and Professor Douglas Cairns, specialist in the

ethics of ancient Greek society at the University of Edinburgh.

Tuesday 14 August 2.30pm

A Classical World

Richard Jenkyns, Professor of the Classical Tradition at Oxford University,

explores the importance and popularity of the classical world and its

influence on modern culture. Chaired by Graham Sheffield, Director Arts

for the British Council.

Friday 17 August 5.00pm

Satire

Speech-to-Text Reported

Director of Gulliver’s Travels Silviu Purca ˘ rete joins Dr Valerie Rumbold of

the University of Birmingham and Martin Rowson, cartoonist and author

of his own Gulliver story, to discuss the great tradition of satire from

which Jonathan Swift’s original tale emerged. Chaired by The Guardian

columnist and feature writer Lucy Mangan.

Saturday 18 August 2.30pm


The Hub

Tickets £6

1 hour approximately

eif.co.uk/encounters

In collaboration with

A Very French Connection

Ariane Mnouchkine, director of Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir, is joined by

Michel Le Bris, founder of book and film festival Étonnants Voyageurs,

and author Professor Ian Thompson to discuss Jules Verne’s fascination

with Scotland. Chaired by Catherine Lockerbie, the panel explores the

cultural bonds between Scotland and France.

Saturday 25 August 2.30pm

Myth and Enchantment

Writer Marina Warner, Wagner specialist Derek Watson and Dmitry

Krymov, director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It),

examine the roles of myth, fairytale and enchantment in culture and

creativity. Chaired by the Head of Literature for the British Council,

Susie Nicklin.

Sunday 26 August 2.30pm

Fresh Voices

Jen Hadfield, the English poet and artist, who found inspiration and a

new voice when she moved to Shetland five years ago, Scottish teen

fiction writer Jamie Jauncey and Lawrence Rhodes, Artistic Director of

New York’s Juilliard Dance, discuss regeneration and renewal of the arts.

Chaired by Richard Holloway, Chairman of Sistema Scotland.

Monday 27 August 2.30pm

Choosing Myths and Fairytales

Encounters 65

Scots Makar, poet and playwright Liz Lochhead discusses her work

and its connections with myth and fairytales from Scottish and European

traditions with Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library.

Tuesday 28 August 2.30pm

Representations

Matthew Lenton, director of Wonderland, joins Professor Michael Lamb,

psychologist and specialist in child development from the University

of Cambridge, and Jean Kilbourne, a feminist speaker internationally

recognised for her work on the image of women in advertising,

to explore depictions of young women in the arts and media.

Chaired by the BBC’s arts correspondent Razia Iqbal.

Friday 31 August 2.30pm

A Peaceful Place

James MacMillan, composer of Clemency, and Ohad Naharin, Artistic

Director of Batsheva Dance Company, join Sir Adam Roberts, President

of the British Academy, and Chair Eugene Downes of Culture Ireland,

to explore ways in which the Olympic Truce can be applied today and

how the arts can promote and support peace and better understanding.

Saturday 1 September 2.30pm


66 Conversations

Conversations with Artists

Tom Cairns

Director of Opera North’s The

Makropulos Case Tom Cairns

talks about his new production of

Janáč ek’s popular 1926 opera to

BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster

Jamie MacDougall.

Sunday 12 August 5.00pm

Barry McGovern

Barry McGovern, world renowned

for his interpretations of the work

of Samuel Beckett, discusses his

adaptation and solo performance

of Watt, produced by Dublin’s

Gate Theatre, with questions from

theatre specialist Dr Olga Taxidou.

Monday 13 August 12 noon

Graham Valentine

Scots-born actor Graham

Valentine talks about performing

in Theater Basel’s Meine faire

Dame – ein Sprachlabor, the

Swiss company’s reinvention of

My Fair Lady, in conversation with

journalist Jackie McGlone.

Wednesday 15 August 12 noon

Les Vents Français

The five members of France’s

celebrated wind ensemble discuss

their work, fresh from their Queen’s

Hall recital, with Richard Morrison,

chief music critic of The Times.

Wednesday 15 August 2.30pm

William Christie

William Christie, the American-born

conductor and musician, and

founder of the French ensemble

Les Arts Florissants, talks to

John Kitchen about presenting

Charpentier’s 1688 opera David

et Jonathas at Festival 2012.

Friday 17 August 12 noon

Nicola Benedetti

Brilliant young Scottish violinist

Nicola Benedetti talks about

performing at the Edinburgh

International Festival with the

London Symphony Orchestra and

Valery Gergiev, in conversation

with Richard Morrison, chief music

critic of The Times.

Friday 17 August 2.30pm

Camille O’Sullivan Photo RSC/ Ellie Kurttz

Angelin Preljocaj

The French choreographer and

artistic director of the Ballet

Preljocaj, in conversation with

arts journalist Jackie McGlone,

talks about bringing his 2010

creation And then, one thousand

years of peace to the Edinburgh

International Festival.

Saturday 18 August 5.00pm

Hebrides Ensemble

and Synergy Vocals

Members of Scotland’s foremost

contemporary music group,

Hebrides Ensemble, and vocalists

from unique voice ensemble

Synergy Vocals, discuss presenting

a world premiere at Festival 2012

with Richard Morrison, chief music

critic of The Times.

Thursday 23 August 12 noon

Camille O’Sullivan

Singer Camille O’Sullivan talks to

BBC Radio Scotland’s Stephen

Duffy about interpreting art song

and her solo performance in the

Royal Shakespeare Company’s

production of The Rape of Lucrece.

Saturday 25 August 12 noon

Emerson

String Quartet

The members of the incomparable

New York City-based string quartet

discuss their music and closing

the Queen’s Hall recital series for

Festival 2012 with composer

John Harris.

Friday 31 August 5.00pm

Supported by

Gordon Fraser

Charitable Trust

The Hub

Tickets £6

1 hour approximately

eif.co.uk/conversations

Emerson String Quartet

Photo Lisa-Marie Mazzucco


Reflections on Song

Sir Thomas Allen

Major international star, English baritone Sir Thomas Allen

reflects upon his career as a singer with music writer and

BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service.

Saturday 11 August 5.00pm

Rebecca Evans and Malcolm Martineau

Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans and Malcolm Martineau,

two of the UK’s leading artists of their generation, discuss

the art of singing and accompaniment with music writer

and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service.

Wednesday 22 August 12 noon

Ian Bostridge with Sir John Tusa

Internationally celebrated English tenor Ian Bostridge

discusses his recent collection of essays on music,

A Singer’s Notebook, with Sir John Tusa, cultural

commentator and former Managing Director of

London’s Barbican.

Tuesday 28 August 5.00pm

Toby Spence

World-renowned English tenor Toby Spence shares his

thoughts and ideas on singing in the company of music

writer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service.

Wednesday 29 August 5.00pm

The Hub

Tickets £6

1 hour approximately

eif.co.uk/reflections

Masterclasses and more

Masterclasses Study Events

Homayun Sakhi Trio

Master of the Afghan rubab Homayun

Sakhi brings his trio to perform in

Edinburgh for Festival 2012. In this

Masterclass the trio presents the

music-making and performance style

of the Afghan tradition and provides

an insight into its long history.

Thursday 16 August 2.30pm

Alim Qasimov Ensemble

One of the foremost mugham singers in

Azerbaijan, Alim Qasimov performs with

his ensemble as part of Festival 2012.

In this Masterclass the ensemble

presents the complex art of Azerbaijani

mugham, illustrating a thousand years

of musical tradition with vocal and

instrumental performances.

Wednesday 22 August 2.30pm

The Hub

Tickets £6

1 hour 15 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/masterclasses

Leigh Warren Professional

Dance Class

Advanced contemporary dance

class with one of Australia’s foremost

choreographers and dancers.

Sunday 26 August 11.00am

Dance Base

Tickets £12

1 hour 30 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/danceclass

Polish Modernism –

Szymanowski

and Lutoslawski

Professor Stephen Downes, Deputy

Head and Director of Research, School

of Arts, University of Surrey, explores the

music of Szymanowski and Lutoslawski

offering unique insights into their work.

Thursday 16 August 10.00am

3 hours approximately with break

Tickets £12

Szymanowski’s Homeland –

Europe’s Forgotten Orient

In a panel organised by the Adam

Mickiewicz Institute, contributors

rediscover the orient in Szymanowski’s

music and, by exploring his work from

a post-colonial perspective, add a new

dimension to our understanding

of this cultural icon.

Thursday 16 August 5.00pm

1 hour approximately

Tickets £6

Personal Mythology

Mythic stories may reveal hidden

worlds. Psychologist and storyteller

Professor Jonathan Young draws on

his work with mythologist Joseph

Campbell. The day is highly participatory

and explores how metaphors can reveal

elements of psychological life through

storytelling and conversation.

Wednesday 29 August 11.00am

5 hours approximately with breaks

Tickets £12

The Hub

eif.co.uk/studyevents

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68 Fringe Prize and Edinburgh University Events

Fringe Prize 2011 Edinburgh University Events

Primer for a Failed Superpower

the TEAM

We are writing a love letter to our children about what it was like to grow

up in the 1980s… We are forming a cover band. Primer for a Failed

Superpower will (likely) tell the tale of two cities: Washington, DC (then)

and Detroit (now). It will (likely) be about a group of characters who were

awesome in their 20s.

Winner of the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize,

the TEAM presents a work in progress.

Friday 24 August 2.30pm & 5.00pm

The Hub

Tickets £6

45 minutes approximately

eif.co.uk/fringeprize

Truce

Composer Nigel Osborne, Reid Professor of Music, and Dr Igor

Stiks are joined in an interactive workshop by Dr Olga Taxidou and

broadcaster Professor Jolyon Mitchell to explore the concept of truce

in the arts.

Thursday 30 August 12 noon

Tales from a Turbulent World: can journalism

really be the first draft of history?

BBC Special Correspondent Allan Little gives the Edinburgh University

Festival lecture, chaired by Vice Principal and Head of Humanities and

Social Science Professor Dorothy Miell.

Thursday 30 August 2.30pm

Nationhood Today

Broadcaster Sheena McDonald discusses the changing face of

nationhood today in Scotland with the distinguished line-up of

Professor of Constitutional Law Christine Bell, Grierson Professor

of Literature Susan Manning, Professor of Politics Charlie Jeffery

and Alvin Jackson, Richard Lodge Professor of History.

Thursday 30 August 5.00pm

The Hub

Tickets £6

1 hour approximately

eif.co.uk/edinburghuniversity


A Festival for Everyone

An Accessible Festival for All

Look out for these Festival logos in the brochure.

Audio Described

Speech-to-Text Reported

Our goal is to make the Festival accessible to as many people as

possible. In this brochure you will find details of accessible, Audio

Described, Speech-to-Text Reported and supertitled performances,

talks and conversations. The venue guide on page 71 has details

on venues and for even more information go to eif.co.uk/venues

People with a disability can buy the seats most suited to them for

the lowest (unrestricted view) ticket price for that performance.

Your companion’s ticket will be free.

This brochure is available, with an extended venue and access guide,

in audio and Braille formats. Simply call +44 (0)131 473 2089 or go to

eif.co.uk/accessguide for digitally accessible versions. And don’t miss

our special ticket prices – see page 70 for details.

Festival backstage

Touch Tour

For unique insights into who and what makes a Festival, Festival

backstage is a series of short films that take you behind the scenes.

You can access all areas with these films created together with

Standard Life and Edinburgh Napier University.

Visit eif.co.uk/festivalbackstage and start exploring.

Festival Online

A Festival for Everyone 69

Get connected and follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook,

catch our video channel on YouTube, or listen to our latest podcasts.

There’s even more on our website – sign up for your regular e-bulletin,

plan your Festival with our online diary, watch performance trailers and

buy tickets quickly and easily. Regular updates make it easy to stay on

top of what’s happening. Visit us at eif.co.uk/interact.

Festival Chorus

Are you an enthusiastic and talented singer? Would you like the

opportunity to perform some of the most exhilarating choral repertoire

with internationally celebrated conductors, orchestras and soloists?

If so, we invite you to audition to become a member of the Edinburgh

Festival Chorus. Find out more about what it’s like to be a member with

our Festival backstage video or read the chorus blog Confessions of

a Chorus Member at edintfest.blogspot.com.

For more information or to arrange an audition contact

chorus@eif.co.uk or call +44 (0)131 473 2027.


70 Booking Information

How to Book,

Access and Tickets

How to Book

Online eif.co.uk

Telephone 0131 473 2000

Overseas +44 (0)131 473 2000

Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

Wednesday 14 March

Priority booking opens for Festival Friends and Patrons by fax,

post and online.

Saturday 24 March

Public booking opens by telephone, post, in person and online.

Please note: a transaction fee of £1 will be added to bookings by phone,

post and in person. There is no transaction fee for internet bookings.

Hub Tickets Opening Hours

Saturday 24 March – Thursday 19 July

Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm

Friday 20 July – Saturday 1 September

Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 7.30pm, Sunday 10.00am to 7.30pm

Sunday 2 September 1.00pm to 6.00pm

Buy your tickets at our venues

From Monday 26 March you can buy tickets at The Edinburgh

Playhouse, Festival Theatre, The Queen’s Hall, Royal Lyceum Theatre

and the Usher Hall.

During the Festival, any unsold tickets for Greyfriars Kirk, Traverse

Theatre, King’s Theatre and Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston will go

on sale at those venues an hour before the performance.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert – for ticketing information see Ticket

Prices section on this page.

Access Information and Discounts

If you are a wheelchair user, have severe mobility difficulties or have

visual or hearing impairment you can buy seats/spaces in the area of the

venue most appropriate to your needs for the lowest (unrestricted view)

ticket price for that performance. Your companion’s ticket will be free.

Find details of all Audio Described and Touch Tour performances on

pages 11, 15, 19, 28, 32 and 37. Find details of all Speech-to-Text

Reported events on pages 64, 65 and 67. For more information or

to claim an access discount please call the Access line

+44 (0)131 473 2089 or email access@eif.co.uk. To enable us to

determine your requirements and assist you fully we are unable to

offer this service online.

Ticket Discounts Ticket Prices

Young People and Students –

Half Price Now!

Young people can buy any

ticket at 50% off on selected

performances when booking

opens on Saturday 24 March.

Under 18s and all students in

full time education.

Standby – Half Price

from Wednesday 1 August

50% off all tickets for senior

citizens, unemployed people,

Young Scot, Equity and

MU card holders.

Are you under 26?

Tickets for only £8 on the day

Pay only £8 on the day for

selected performances, for

everyone 26 years old and under.

Proof of age is required and you

must buy in person from Hub

Tickets or at the venue.

Group Bookings available now

We are delighted to offer great

benefits for bookings of 10

or more tickets.

- 10% discount on all Festival

tickets for selected performances.

- The opportunity to make flexible

ticket reservations.

- Dedicated Group Sales Staff

to assist you.

Please call +44 (0)131 473 2089 or

email groupbookings@eif.co.uk.

Ticket prices are listed under each

event. Full details of ticket prices

and areas of the house can be

found at eif.co.uk/tickets.

Greyfriars Series

Buy for 8 concerts in the series

and get the 9th free.

Scottish Opera

Book all 3 performances for £60

and save 20%.

London Symphony Orchestra

Book all 4 concerts and save 20%.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

– New for 2012

Due to the popularity of this event

you can now take advantage of a

limited number of special Priority

Entry tickets for the Gardens.

For only an extra £5 you gain

access to the gardens a full half

hour before the gates open.

As ever, ticket holders for the

Ross Theatre don’t need to rush

to secure their spot in the gardens

and so can take their seats once

the gates are open.

- Princes Street Gardens

(standing) tickets are £12.50

and £17.50 with Priority Entry

- Ross Theatre (seated) tickets

£27.50 standard entry.

- All tickets are on sale from the

opening of booking and are

limited to only ten per booking.

Last Chance to Buy

A limited number of gardens

tickets will be released for sale

only at The Hub in person

from 10.00am on Saturday

1 September.

Please visit

eif.co.uk/virginmoneyfireworks

for most up-to-date information

and advice on transport and

parking advice for the Virgin Money

Fireworks Concert.


Venue Access and Information

A full access guide with information

about parking, travel to venues

and accessible performances is

available at eif.co.uk/access

where it can be viewed online

or as a Word document.

If you would like a copy of the

Festival brochure in Braille, on

CD or in large print, including

a full access guide please email

access@eif.co.uk or call

+44 (0)131 473 2089. We welcome

calls through Text Relay in the

UK. Textphone users prefix our

number with 18001.

Please note: if you require the use

of the loop or Sennheiser systems

please check with Hub Tickets

when booking. There are some

areas in the theatres where the

signal is not available. Hub Tickets

staff will ensure that you are seated

in the correct area to receive

the best signal.

Artlink offers an escort service

to help people with disability

to enjoy the arts. For more

information contact them directly

at artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or

+44 (0)131 229 3555. Assistance

animals are welcome in all of

our venues.

The Queen’s Hall,

85-89 Clerk Street

- Ramped access. Wheelchair

spaces, accessible toilet and

café/bar on ground floor.

- Gallery only accessible by stairs.

- Induction loop in stalls and

Sennheiser infrared system

with receivers available from

the cloakroom.

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh,

13-29 Nicolson Street

- Ramped access at front and

level access at side entrance.

- Wheelchair spaces in stalls

on floor 1.

- Lift to all levels with accessible

toilet on floors 1 and 2.

- Sennheiser infrared system

with receivers available

from the cloakroom on the

mezzanine level.

- Café/bar on ground floor with

lift access to other bars.

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh,

2 Leven Street

- Level access through the Box

Office with level access to the

foyer. Platform lift to the stalls.

- Wheelchair spaces in the stalls

with accessible toilet on stalls level.

- Sennheiser infrared system with

receivers available from main foyer.

- Bars only accessible by stairs.

Please ask staff for refreshments

before the performance to have

them brought to you.

The Edinburgh Playhouse,

18-22 Greenside Place

- Level access to circle level

which is on the ground floor,

with wheelchair spaces and

accessible toilet on circle level.

- Steep stairs only to balcony

and stalls levels.

- Sennheiser infrared system.

Headsets available from staff.

- Bar and refreshment kiosk

on ground level.

Royal Lyceum Theatre,

Grindlay Street

- Lift to all levels and bars.

- Wheelchair spaces in stalls with

accessible toilet on ground floor.

- Induction loop and Hearing

enhancement system available

from information and shop area.

Usher Hall, Lothian Road

- Level access from Grindlay Street.

- Lift to all levels.

- Wheelchair spaces and

accessible toilets in stalls

and grand circle.

- Stalls café/bar fully accessible,

upper circle bar accessible by lift.

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland

Centre, Ingliston

- Level access to hall.

- Level and ramped access

to auditoria.

- Accessible toilets.

- Wheelchair spaces available.

- Bar on ground floor.

- Wheelchair drop off zone at

entrance to the building.

- Infrared system with receivers

available from the cloakroom.

Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place

- Level access to the Kirk.

- Wheelchair spaces in the Kirk

and accessible toilet.

Traverse Theatre,

10 Cambridge Street

- Level access to Box Office

from Cambridge Street.

- Lift with voice announcement and

Braille buttons to all levels. For lift

access to Traverse 1, please make

yourself known to a member of the

Front of House team.

- Accessible toilets on ground and

lower ground Bar Café levels.

- Infrared hearing enhancement

system. Headsets available

from staff.

- Wheelchair spaces available.

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The Hub, Castlehill

- Level, ramped or lift access

to all public areas.

- Wheelchair spaces in Main Hall.

- Induction loop in Hub Tickets

and Main Hall.

- Accessible toilet on ground floor

and another via stair lift.

- Bar and café on ground floor.

- Lift with voice announcement

and Braille buttons.

Ross Theatre,

Princes Street Gardens

- Level access to the Gardens

and Ross Theatre approximately

200 metres from the King’s

Stables Road entrance.

Please arrive before 8.00pm.

- Wheelchair spaces available in

the Ross Theatre and Princes

Street Gardens. Please tell

Hub Tickets if you would like to

use either of these areas when

you book your tickets.

- Accessible toilets in the gardens

and behind the Ross Theatre.

- Please note that the gardens

become very crowded, which,

combined with the noisy

fireworks, may make this event

unsuitable for assistance animals.


72 Festival City

Festival City

Edinburgh’s Summer

Festivals 2012

Edinburgh International

Film Festival

20 June – 1 July

+44 (0)131 228 4051

edfilmfest.org.uk

Edinburgh International

Jazz and Blues Festival

20 – 29 July

+44 (0)131 467 5200

edinburghjazzfestival.com

Edinburgh Art Festival

2 August – 2 September

+44 (0)131 226 6558

edinburghartfestival.com

Royal Edinburgh

Military Tattoo

3 – 25 August

+44 (0)131 225 1188

edintattoo.co.uk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

3 – 27 August

Admin: +44 (0)131 226 0026

(until mid-June)

Box office: +44 (0)131 226 0000

edfringe.com

Edinburgh International

Book Festival

11 – 27 August

+44 (0)131 718 5666

edbookfest.co.uk

Edinburgh Mela

31 August – 2 September

+44 (0)131 332 2888

edinburgh-mela.co.uk

edinburghfestivals.co.uk

The online one-stop shop for

Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals.

The place to go to find news,

listings and the festivals’

iPhone application.

Official Edinburgh

Festivals Map

Pick up a copy of the official

festivals map, available at most

venues around town during

the festivals.

Visiting the city…

VisitScotland

For all your accommodation

and tourism information needs.

+44 (0)845 22 55 121

info@visitscotland.com

visitscotland.com

Festival Beds

Accommodation in private homes

in the city and surrounding area.

+44 (0)131 225 1101

admin@festivalbeds.co.uk

festivalbeds.co.uk

Traveline

travelinescotland.com

National Rail Enquiries

nationalrail.co.uk

Getting around…

The following Lothian Bus

services will take you to

Festival venues

lothianbuses.com

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh,

The Queen’s Hall

3, 3A, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31,

33, 37, 47, X47, 49

The Edinburgh Playhouse

1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 15A,

16, 19, 22, 25, 26, 34, 44, 49

Royal Lyceum Theatre,

Usher Hall, Traverse Theatre

1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 24, 34

The Hub, Dance Base,

Greyfriars Kirk

23, 27, 41, 42, 67 (stop on

George IV Bridge, 5 minutes walk

from The Hub or Dance Base)

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 23, 27, 45

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland

Centre, Ingliston

35, 100 Airport Express

drop off at Hilton Hotel stop.

Approx 10 minutes walk to

Lowland Hall.


Festival Venues

PH Partner Hotels

Partner Hotels

on map

1 The Caledonian Hilton (A3)

Princes Street

Edinburgh EH1 2AB

+44 (0)131 222 8888

thecaledonianedinburgh.com

2 The Glasshouse (E1)

2 Greenside Place

Edinburgh EH1 3AA

+44 (0)131 525 8325

theetoncollection.co.uk/glasshouse

3 Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh (D4)

11 Bristo Place

Edinburgh EH1 1EZ

+44 (0)131 247 4900

hotelduvin.com/hotels/edinburgh

4 Macdonald Holyrood Hotel (E3)

81 Holyrood Road

Edinburgh EH8 8AU

+44 (0)131 550 4500

macdonaldhotels.co.uk/holyrood

5 The Rutland Hotel (A3)

1 – 3 Rutland Street

Edinburgh EH1 2AE

+44 (0)131 229 3402

therutlandhotel.com

Look out for exclusive offers

from our Festival partners at

eif.co.uk/offers

Festival City 73

Lowland Hall

Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston A3

Adjacent to Edinburgh International

Airport. Access from A8 dual carriageway,

and sign-posted Royal Highland Centre.

Free parking available to Festival event

ticket holders.

The Hub

Edinburgh’s Festival Centre,

Royal Mile C3

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Nicolson Street D4

The Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street E5

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Greenside Place E1

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Grindlay Street B3

Usher Hall

Lothian Road B3

Ross Theatre

Princes Street Gardens B3

Traverse Theatre

Cambridge Street B3

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Leven Street B5

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Place D4

Other festivals

International Book Festival

Charlotte Square A2

Jazz and Blues Festival Box Office

The Hub C3

Military Tattoo Office

Market Street D2

Festival Fringe Box Office

Royal Mile D3

Tourist Information Centre

Princes Street D2


74 Festival Diary

Venue Thu 9 August Fri 10 August Sat 11 August Sun 12 August Mon 13 August Tue 14 August

The

Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street

R WS T H WC C

The Hub

Castlehill

LF WS T H WC C

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Place

L WS WC

Lowland Hall

Royal Highland Centre,

Ingliston

L R WS WC C H

King’s Theatre,

Edinburgh

Leven Street

L R WS H WC

Festival Theatre,

Edinburgh

Nicolson Street

L R LF WS H WC C

The Edinburgh

Playhouse

Greenside Place

L WS H WC C

Royal Lyceum

Theatre

Grindlay Street

L LF WS T H WC C

Usher Hall

Lothian Road

L LF WS WC C

Other Venues Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

7.30pm

A Mass of Life (p39)

Royal Scottish National

Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Ferrier Centenary

Celebration Concert

(p54)

5.00pm

Reflections on Song:

Sir Thomas Allen (p67)

7.30pm

2008: Macbeth (p7)

TR Warszawa

8.00pm

Waiting for Orestes:

Electra (p10)

Suzuki Company of Toga

7.15pm

The Makropulos Case

(p32)

Opera North

7.30pm

Tatyana (p18)

Deborah Colker

Dance Company

8.00pm

Watt (p11)

Gate Theatre Dublin

8.00pm

Alpine Symphony (p40)

BBC Scottish Symphony

Orchestra

Donald Runnicles

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

Access Facilities Key: L Level access R Ramped access LF Lift SL Stair lift WS Wheelchair spaces in auditorium

T Induction loop H Infrared system WC Accessible toilets C Accessible catering/bar

2.30pm

Encounters:

What Does It Mean

to be British? (p64)

5.00pm

Conversations:

Tom Cairns (p66)

7.30pm

2008: Macbeth (p7)

TR Warszawa

8.00pm

Waiting for Orestes:

Electra (p10)

Suzuki Company of Toga

7.30pm

Tatyana (p18)

Deborah Colker

Dance Company

8.00pm

Watt (p11)

Gate Theatre Dublin

8.00pm

Deborah Voigt,

Brian Zeger (p40)

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Trio Zimmermann

(p55)

12 noon

Conversations:

Barry McGovern (p66)

2.30pm

Encounters:

The Four Nations of the

United Kingdom (p64)

5.45pm

His Majestys Sagbutts

and Cornetts and

Concerto Palatino (p52)

7.30pm

2008: Macbeth (p7)

TR Warszawa

8.00pm

Waiting for Orestes:

Electra (p10)

Suzuki Company of Toga

7.15pm

The Makropulos Case

(p32)

Opera North

7.30pm

Tatyana (p18)

Deborah Colker

Dance Company

8.00pm

Watt (p11)

Gate Theatre Dublin

8.00pm

A Midsummer Night’s

Dream (p41)

Scottish Chamber

Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington

Conductor

11.00am

Antonio Meneses,

Maria João Pires

(p55)

2.30pm

Encounters:

Athletes and Ideals (p64)

5.45pm

Dalmatica (p52)

Dialogos,

Kantaduri

7.30pm

Meine faire Dame –

ein Sprachlabor (p8)

Theater Basel

7.30pm

Tatyana (p18)

Deborah Colker

Dance Company

8.00pm

Watt (p11)

Gate Theatre Dublin

8.00pm

London Philharmonic

Orchestra (p41)

Vladimir Jurowski

Conductor


Festival Diary

Wed 15 August Thu 16 August Fri 17 August Sat 18 August Sun 19 August Mon 20 August Tue 21 August

11.00am

Les Vents Français (p56)

12 noon

Conversations:

Graham Valentine (p66)

2.30pm

Conversations:

Les Vents Français (p66)

5.45pm

Concerto Caledonia

(p52)

2.00pm

2008: Macbeth (p7)

TR Warszawa

7.30pm

Meine faire Dame –

ein Sprachlabor (p8)

Theater Basel

5.00pm

Tristan und Isolde (p38)

Concert performance

Welsh National Opera

Lothar Koenigs

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Leif Ove Andsnes (p56)

10.00am

Study Day: Polish

Modernism – Szymanowski

and Lutoslawski (p67)

2.30pm

Masterclass: Homayun

Sakhi Trio (p67)

5.00pm

Study Day: Szymanowski’s

Homeland – Europe’s

Forgotten Orient (p67)

5.45pm

Arcangelo and Iestyn

Davies (p52)

7.30pm

2008: Macbeth (p7)

TR Warszawa

8.00pm

London Symphony

Orchestra 01 (p42)

Valery Gergiev

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Leonidas Kavakos,

Nikolai Lugansky (p57)

12 noon

Conversations:

William Christie (p66)

2.30pm

Conversations:

Nicola Benedetti (p66)

5.00pm

Encounters:

A Classical World (p64)

5.45pm

Homayun Sakhi Trio

(p53)

2.00pm

Meine faire Dame –

ein Sprachlabor (p8)

Theater Basel

7.30pm

2008: Macbeth (p7)

TR Warszawa

8.00pm

Gulliver’s Travels (p12)

Radu Stanca National

Theatre of Sibiu, Romania

7.15pm

David et Jonathas (p34)

Les Arts Florissants

7.30pm

And then, one thousand

years of peace (p20)

Ballet Preljocaj

8.00pm

London Symphony

Orchestra 02 (p42)

Valery Gergiev

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Les Arts Florissants (p57)

2.30pm

Encounters:

Satire (p64)

5.00pm

Conversations:

Angelin Preljocaj (p66)

2.00pm

Meine faire Dame –

ein Sprachlabor (p8)

Theater Basel

7.30pm

2008: Macbeth (p7)

TR Warszawa

8.00pm

Gulliver’s Travels (p12)

Radu Stanca National

Theatre of Sibiu, Romania

7.30pm

And then, one thousand

years of peace (p20)

Ballet Preljocaj

7.30pm

Uncharted Seas /

Timeless (p22)

Aditi Mangaldas Dance

Company

7.30pm

London Symphony

Orchestra 03 (p43)

Valery Gergiev

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

Events Key: Dance Theatre Opera Music Speed of Light Discussions

7.30pm

Meine faire Dame –

ein Sprachlabor (p8)

Theater Basel

2.30pm

Gulliver’s Travels (p12)

Radu Stanca National

Theatre of Sibiu, Romania

8.00pm

Gulliver’s Travels (p12)

Radu Stanca National

Theatre of Sibiu, Romania

7.15pm

David et Jonathas (p34)

Les Arts Florissants

7.30pm

And then, one thousand

years of peace (p20)

Ballet Preljocaj

7.30pm

Uncharted Seas /

Timeless (p22)

Aditi Mangaldas Dance

Company

7.30pm

London Symphony

Orchestra 04 (p43)

Valery Gergiev

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Calder Quartet (p58)

7.30pm

Villa+Discurso (p17)

Teatro Playa

5.45pm

Ricercar Consort 01

(p53)

8.00pm

Gulliver’s Travels (p12)

Radu Stanca National

Theatre of Sibiu, Romania

7.15pm

David et Jonathas (p34)

Les Arts Florissants

8.00pm

Orchestre des

Champs-Élysées (p44)

Philippe Herreweghe

Conductor

7.30pm

Villa+Discurso (p17)

Teatro Playa

8.00pm

Cleveland Orchestra

01 (p44)

Franz Welser-Möst

Conductor

75

11.00am

Rebecca Evans,

Malcolm Martineau (p58)

5.45pm

Ricercar Consort 02

(p53)


76 Festival Diary

Venue Wed 22 August Thu 23 August Fri 24 August Sat 25 August Sun 26 August Mon 27 August

The

Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street

R WS T H WC C

The Hub

Castlehill

LF WS T H WC C

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Place

L WS WC

Lowland Hall

Royal Highland Centre,

Ingliston

L R WS WC C H

King’s Theatre,

Edinburgh

Leven Street

R L WS H WC

Festival Theatre,

Edinburgh

Nicolson Street

L R LF WS H WC C

The Edinburgh

Playhouse

Greenside Place

L WS H WC C

Royal Lyceum

Theatre

Grindlay Street

L LF WS T H WC C

Usher Hall

Lothian Road

L LF WS WC C

Other Venues

11.00am

John Williams,

John Etheridge (p59)

12 noon

Reflections on Song:

Rebecca Evans and

Malcolm Martineau (p67)

2.30pm

Masterclass: Alim

Qasimov Ensemble (p67)

5.45pm

Hebrides Ensemble and

Synergy Vocals (p53)

7.30pm

Gagaku

Imperial Court Music and

Dance of Japan (p50)

Musicians of the Imperial

Household Agency, Tokyo

7.30pm

Helikopter/Eldorado

(Sonntags Abschied) (p21)

Ballet Preljocaj

9.00pm

The Rape of Lucrece

(p15)

Royal Shakespeare

Company

8.00pm

Cleveland Orchestra

02 (p45)

Franz Welser-Möst

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Luca Pisaroni,

Justus Zeyen (p59)

12 noon

Conversations: Hebrides

Ensemble and Synergy

Vocals (p66)

5.45pm

Alim Qasimov Ensemble

(p53)

6.00pm

Les Naufragés du Fol

Espoir (Aurores) (p9)

Théâtre du Soleil

9.00pm

The Rape of Lucrece

(p15)

Royal Shakespeare

Company

8.00pm

European Union Youth

Orchestra (p45)

Gianandrea Noseda

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Daniil Trifonov (p60)

2.30pm

Primer for a

Failed Superpower

the TEAM (p68)

5.00pm

Primer for a

Failed Superpower

the TEAM (p68)

6.00pm

Les Naufragés du Fol

Espoir (Aurores) (p9)

Théâtre du Soleil

7.30pm

A Midsummer Night’s

Dream (As You Like It)

(p14)

Chekhov International

Theatre Festival

9.00pm

The Rape of Lucrece

(p15)

Royal Shakespeare

Company

8.00pm

Gustav Mahler

Jugendorchester (p46)

Daniele Gatti

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

12 noon

Conversations: Camille

O’Sullivan (p66)

2.30pm

Encounters:

A Very French

Connection (p65)

6.00pm

Les Naufragés du Fol

Espoir (Aurores) (p9)

Théâtre du Soleil

7.30pm

A Midsummer Night’s

Dream (As You Like It)

(p14)

Chekhov International

Theatre Festival

7.30pm

Breathe / Impulse (p23)

Leigh Warren + Dancers

8.00pm

Juilliard Dance (p24)

9.00pm

The Rape of Lucrece

(p15)

Royal Shakespeare

Company

7.30pm

The Nutcracker (p46)

BBC Scottish Symphony

Orchestra

Ilan Volkov

Conductor

Access Facilities Key: L Level access R Ramped access LF Lift SL Stair lift WS Wheelchair spaces in auditorium

T Induction loop H Infra red system WC Accessible toilets C Accessible catering/bar

11.00am

Anne Schwanewilms,

Malcolm Martineau (p60)

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

2.30pm

Encounters:

Myth and Enchantment

(p65)

2.30pm

A Midsummer Night’s

Dream (As You Like It)

(p14)

Chekhov International

Theatre Festival

2.30pm

Breathe / Impulse (p23)

Leigh Warren + Dancers

8.00pm

Juilliard Dance (p24)

9.00pm

The Rape of Lucrece

(p15)

Royal Shakespeare

Company

7.30pm

Budapest Festival

Orchestra (p47)

Iván Fischer

Conductor

11.00am

Professional Dance

Class: Leigh Warren (p67)

Dance Base

Grassmarket

LF T WC

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light (p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Dietrich Henschel,

Steven Osborne (p61)

2.30pm

Encounters:

Fresh Voices (p65)

6.00pm

Les Naufragés du Fol

Espoir (Aurores) (p9)

Théâtre du Soleil

8.00pm

Juilliard Dance (p24)

7.30pm

King Arthur (p38)

Concert performance

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park


Tue 28 August Wed 29 August Thu 30 August Fri 31 August Sat 1 September Sun 2 September

11.00am

Francesco Piemontesi

(p61)

2.30pm

Encounters:

Choosing Myths and

Fairytales (p65)

5.00pm

Reflections on Song:

Ian Bostridge with

Sir John Tusa (p67)

6.00pm

Les Naufragés du Fol

Espoir (Aurores) (p9)

Théâtre du Soleil

8.00pm

City of Birmingham

Symphony Orchestra

(p47)

Andris Nelsons

Conductor

11.00am

Toby Spence,

Julian Milford (p62)

11.00am

Study Day: Personal

Mythology (p67)

5.00pm

Reflections on Song:

Toby Spence (p67)

8.00pm

The Lady from the Sea

(p36)

Scottish Opera

7.30pm

Wonderland (p16)

Vanishing Point

7.30pm

The English Concert

David Daniels (p48)

Harry Bicket

Director and Harpsichord

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Llyˆ r Williams (p62)

12 noon

Truce (p68)

2.30pm

Tales from a

Turbulent World (p68)

5.00pm

Nationhood Today (p68)

7.30pm

Cinderella (p28)

Mariinsky Ballet

7.30pm

Hora (p26)

Batsheva Dance

Company

7.30pm

Wonderland (p16)

Vanishing Point

8.00pm

Philharmonia Orchestra

(p48)

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor

8.00pm

In the Locked Room

& Ghost Patrol (p37)

Scottish Opera

Traverse Theatre

Cambridge Street

L LF WS H WC C

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light (p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

11.00am

Australian Chamber

Orchestra (p63)

2.30pm

Encounters:

Representations (p65)

5.00pm

Conversations:

Emerson String

Quartet (p66)

8.00pm

Clemency (p37)

Scottish Opera

7.30pm

Cinderella (p28)

Mariinsky Ballet

7.30pm

Hora (p26)

Batsheva Dance

Company

7.30pm

Wonderland (p16)

Vanishing Point

7.30pm

Scottish Chamber

Orchestra (p49)

Robin Ticciati

Conductor

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light

(p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

Events Key: Dance Theatre Opera Music Speed of Light Discussions

11.00am

Emerson String Quartet

(p63)

2.30pm

Encounters:

A Peaceful Place (p65)

4.00pm

Clemency (p37)

Scottish Opera

9.00pm

The Lady from the Sea

(p36)

Scottish Opera

2.30pm

Cinderella (p28)

Mariinsky Ballet

7.30pm

Cinderella (p28)

Mariinsky Ballet

7.30pm

Hora (p26)

Batsheva Dance

Company

7.30pm

Wonderland (p16)

Vanishing Point

8.00pm

Belshazzar’s Feast (p49)

Royal Scottish National

Orchestra

David Robertson

Conductor

12 noon

In the Locked Room

& Ghost Patrol (p37)

Scottish Opera

Traverse Theatre

Cambridge Street

L LF WS H WC C

Every 15

minutes from

9.15pm until 11.00pm

NVA’s Speed of Light (p30)

Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

3.00pm

In the Locked Room

& Ghost Patrol (p37)

Scottish Opera

Traverse Theatre

Cambridge Street

L LF WS H WC C

9.00pm

Virgin Money Fireworks

Concert

Scottish Chamber

Orchestra

Princes Street Gardens

L WS WC

Festival Diary

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