Edinburgh International Festival 2016

The 2016 Edinburgh International Festival begins this Friday, presenting three weeks of world class theatre, music, opera and dance, and Askonas Holt artists feature throughout the festival.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival, we’re thrilled to be bringing Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, for a programme of Gustav and Alma Mahler with Sarah Connolly.

Magdalena Kožená, Kirill Karabits and Malcolm Martineau all make two appearances at this year’s festival: Magdalena in recital with Malcolm Martineau, and in Berlioz’s ‘Romeo et Juliette’ with Robin Ticciati; Kirill with the Russian National Orchestra; and Malcolm with Magdalena, and with Florain Boesch.

Simon Keenlyside makes a departure from classical repertoire for a performance of jazz, cabaret and Broadway songs alongside young British jazz musicians. This marks his second departure of the year, following very well-received performances as Fagin in Grange Park Opera’s ‘Oliver!’

Also making appearances are Louise Alder (in an all Handel programme with the Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt), Boris Berezovsky (performing Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’), Kristian Bezuidenhout (in recital with Mark Padmore), Sophie Bevan and Edward Gardner (in Elgar’s ‘The Apostles’), Mikhail Petrenko (as Fafner in ‘Das Rheingold), Andreas Ottensamer (with the Keleman Quartet), Daniel Harding (conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Rod Gilfry (in a production of ‘Così fan tutte’ recently premiered at Aix-en-Provence),  Sir András Schiff (with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig) and Simon O’Neill (in Schoenberg’s “epic mega-cantata” ‘Gurrelieder’).

The Edinburgh International Festival runs from 5 to 29 August 2016. Selected performances will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, more information here

All appearances for Askonas Holt artists, by date:

7 August + on BBC Radio 3, 13 September, 7.30pm
Boris Berezovsky, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano
Rachmaninov ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’
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8 August + live on BBC Radio 3, 11am
Mark Padmore & Kristian Bezuidenhout
Recital: Beethoven & Schubert
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11 August + live on BBC Radio 3, 11am
Simon Keenlyside & friends
Jazz and cabaret; Gershwin, Berlin, Weill & Kern
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NEW: 13 August + live on BBC Radio 3, 11am
Louise Alder, Dunedin Consort
Handel arias and ‘Il delirio amoroso’
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14 August
Sophie Bevan (Mary/Angel), Karen Cargill (Mary Magdalene), Allan Clayton (St John/Narrator), Jacques Imbrailo (Jesus), Marcus Farnsworth (Peter), John Relyea (Judas), Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Edward Gardner
Elgar ‘The Apostles’
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15 August + on BBC Radio 3, 19 August
Magdalena Kožená & Malcolm Martineau
Recital: Dvořák, Wolfe, Strauss, Fauré & Schoenberg
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15 August
Mikhail Petrenko (Fafner), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Mikhail Vekua (Loge), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Fricka), Vladislav Sulimsky (Alberich), Andrei Popov (Mime), Eduard Tsanga (Fasolt), Mariinsky Opera/Valery Gergiev
Wagner ‘Das Rheingold’
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16 August + live on BBC Radio 3, 11am
Andreas Ottensamer & Keleman Quartet
Mozart & Brahms quintets
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18 August
Magdalena Kožená, Kenneth Tarver, John Relyea, Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati
Berlioz ‘Romeo et Juliette’
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19 August
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding
Mahler Symphony No.9
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20 August
Russian National Orchestra/Kirill Karabits
Mussorgsky, Mozart & Tchaikovsky
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21 August + on BBC Radio 3, 15 September, 7.30pm
Russian National Orchestra/Kirill Karabits
Valentin Silvestrov, Rachmaninov & Scriabin
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25 August + live on BBC Radio 3, 11am
Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau
Schubert ‘Die schöne Müllerin’
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25 August
Sarah Connolly, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Alma Mahler ‘Lieder’, Gustav Mahler Symphony No.10
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Festival appearance managed by Askonas Holt

25, 27 & 28 August
Rod Gilfry (Don Alfonso), Lenneke Ruiten (Fiordiligi), Kate Lindsey (Dorabella), Sandrine Piau (Despina), Joel Prieto (Ferrando), Nahuel di Pierro (Guiglielmo), Freiburger Barockorchester/Jérémie Rhorer
Mozart ‘Così fan tutte’
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27 August
Sir András Schiff, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Herbert Blomstedt
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’
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28 August + on BBC Radio 3, 16 September, 7.30pm + Linn Records recording
Simon O’Neill (Waldemar), Anja Kampe (Tove), Karen Cargill (Waldtaube), Anthony Dean Griffey (Klaus the Fool), Iain Paterson (Peasant), Thomas Quasthoff (Speaker), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Donald Runnicles
Schoenberg ‘Gurrelieder’
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