City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


Aria in an Italian Garden Review

Aria Alba Opera

We are in Italy with an opera company rehearsing inside a villa; singers wander outside with unpredictable consequences. The evening is divided into two acts, each with three scenes.  In each scene are sung excerpts from well known and well chosen operas and musicals. This gave the opportunity for solo parts, small groups and the entire chorus of the twenty six performers.

La Fanciulla Del West Review

La Fanciulla Del West

Puccini’s seventh opera La Fanciulla, better known to most of us as The Girl of the Golden West, had a highly acclaimed premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1910, conducted by Toscanini wit

Carmina Burana Review

A company that turns one of the city centre's churches into a Las Vegas casino would seem to be committing sacrilege.

St Kilda: Island of the Birdmen Review (2)

EIF 2009 - St Kilda, Island of the Birdmen

Traditional Gaelic song and contemporary music are performed against a backdrop of vintage and modern film.

St Kilda: Island of the Birdmen Review

EIF 2009 - St Kilda, Island of the Birdmen

"There is something in the very name of St. Kilda, which excites expectation.  Remote and solitary, the spirit of romance appears still to dwell in the clouds and storms that separate this narrow spot from the world." From "The Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland" in letters to Sir Walter Scott by John MacCulloch (1824).

The Enchanted Wanderer

It is probably unique for the composer to take a curtain call at the premiere of an opera at the Edinburgh Festival.

The Two Widows

This welcome return by Scottish Opera to the Edinburgh Festival after too-long an absence was better-than well received by a capacity audience, causing frequent laughter throughout Smetana's comedy of manners.

Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine

The sound of last night's exquisite performance of the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 (to use its common UK title) was dulled by the lack of resonance of the Usher Hall. This not the first time that the Hall's building has disappointed your reviewer by its poor response to Renaissance church music.