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Creation 2018Edinburgh International Festival

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The operatic offering at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival consists of three fully staged productions imported from leading French companies. There are also two concert performances.

In recent years we have heard several of Rossini's less frequently performed operas. Now we can see, together for the first time here, his two most popular comic masterpieces. The Barber of Seville is presented by Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, on their first visit from Paris and Cenerentola by the familiar and welcome Opéra de Lyon.

In addition, John Gay's Beggar's Opera is to be performed by the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, from Paris, who have a substantial residency at the Festival. William Christie leads the musical side of this multinational coproduction.

The third instalment of Wagner's Ring, Siegfried is being performed in the Usher Hall. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé; the all-star cast includes Simon O'Neill (Siegfried), Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) and Iain Paterson (Wanderer).

There is also a concert performance of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, to be given by the RSNO under Sir Andrew Davis. Elizabeth DeShong (Hansel) and Laura Wilde (Gretel) lead the cast.

Two important oratorios will also be given in the Usher Hall. The Dunedin Consort perform Handel's mighty Samson and the Festival's opening concert is Haydn's Creation.

Haydn's choral masterpiece may not at first seem quite the all guns blazing piece we are used to on opening night of the Edinburgh Festival. We usually hear the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in full cry, accompanied by one of the Scottish symphonic orchestras or an important visitor. Never mind. For anyone who wants that they only need to wait until this year's closing concert, when Mahler's overwhelming Eighth Symphony will be performed.

This opener features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in company with the excellent National Youth Choir of Scotland. The Chorus Master for both events, and long-time trainer of both choirs, is Christopher Bell, also known throughout Scotland for his hugely popular Christmas concerts with the RSNO. After many years at the centre of musical life in Scotland, this Irish dynamo is heading off to pastures new in the USA. We wish him well, but look forward to hearing his final contribution to our musical life.

Performance Cast

Gabriel an archangel

Sarah Tynan

Uriel an archangel

Robert Murray

Raphael an archangel

Neal Davies


Sarah Tynan


Neal Davies

Performance DatesCreation 2018

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

4 Aug, 19.30

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