The Edinburgh International Festival 2015 brings the giants of the arts to Edinburgh for three weeks this August. Highlights of this year’s festival include appearances by the San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and specially staged concert performances of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and an all-star cast including Hanno Müller-Brachmann in the title role, as well as performances of The Rake’s Progress and H.M.S Pinafore with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The Queen’s Hall Recital Series sees appearances by Sarah Connolly and Malcolm Martineau, Iestyn Davies and Ensemble Guadagni, Christine Brewer and the Zehetmair Quartet.
7 August – Louise Alder is soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian to an invited audience to celebrate the opening of the Edinburgh Festivals and the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
12 August – Andrew Staples
makes his debut as Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
alongside Catherine Wyn-Rogers
(Mother Goose), Peter Rose
(Trulove) and Alan Oke
(Sellem) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davies.
13, 15, 16 August – Le nozze di Figaro
with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer. Hanno Müller-Brachmann
takes the stage as Figaro, a role with which he is very familiar, alongside Sylvia Schwartz
(Susanna), Markus Werba
(Count) and Miah Persson
14 August – Edward Gardner conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in one of Sibelius’s grandest works, Kullervo, a moving, dramatic tale of guilt and redemption from Finnish folklore, with acclaimed Swedish contralto Anna Larsson, respected Danish baritone Johan Reuter and the combined choral might of the Edinburgh Festival and RSNO Choruses.
17 August – Sarah Connolly and Malcolm Martineau recital at Queen’s Hall (and live on BBC Radio 3).
18 August – Miah Persson is also soloist in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer.
19 August – Iestyn Davies will present a recital of songs by Purcell and Blow. He is joined by the Ensemble Guadagni under the direction of Richard Egarr.
22 August – Christine Brewer recital at Queen’s Hall.
23 August – Richard Egarr leads a special concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling nautical comic opera, H.M.S. Pinafore. Scottish Opera bring together a fine cast of singers, including respected tenor John Mark Ainsley as Admiral Sir Joseph Porter, Toby Spence (Ralph Rackstraw) and Neal Davies (Dick Deadeye).
27 August – The Zehetmair Quartet perform Haydn and Hindemith quartets at Queen’s Hall.
27, 28 August – Music Director Michel Tilson Thomas will lead the San Francisco Symphony in a pair of concerts featuring pianist Yuja Wang and the St. Lawrence String Quartet performing a wide range of repertoire from Schoenberg, John Adams, Mahler to Ives, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
27, 28, 29, 30 August – Olga Pudova
will sing one of her most acclaimed roles, the Queen of the Night in Barry Kosky’s celebrated production of The Magic Flute.
29 August – Robin Ticciati
and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra are now an annual fixture at the festival, and this year they return with Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis