Opera

Purcell’s best known opera was given a radical new twist by Frankfurt Opera, who contracted three acts into one without sacrificing the plot.

In the Locked Room Stylishly conducted by Michael Rafferty and with a dazzling array of orchestral colours, “In the Locked Room” offered us an exciting performance.

Ibsen’s pioneering, modernist plays of the late 19th century are set in northern Norway, insular small town communities where women felt inhibited by the confines of marriage. 

It is difficult for the audience to get to grips with the plot of this Janacek opera, which has a number of disparate threads that eventually weave together in a dramatic finale.

Standing ovations are infrequent in Edinburgh, even at Festival time, but this tour de force concert performance of a three-act Wagner opera thoroughly merited the prolonged standing ovation that m

The art deco surrounds of the HMV Picture House, at the bottom of Lothian Road, provided the perfect backdrop for this Fringe production of The Seven Deadly Sins.

Valery Gergiev has been made the new Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival, it was announced tonight.

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) wrote thirty six operas, all within nineteen years. Semiramide is not one of the best known, but it is performed from time to time.

There are expectations of a production from China that include wonderful costumes, graceful acting and plain scenery, and it would be a poor show if they weren’t there.

Chinese traditional opera and King Lear may seem to some a strange juxtaposition, yet this production surprisingly takes us closer to the roots of Shakespearean theatre than might be supposed.