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West Side Story 2019Edinburgh International Festival

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The opera programme for the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival includes two fully-staged productions. The Komische Opera, Berlin, last here in 2015, brings a staging by director Barrie Kosky of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Scottish Opera's contribution is the European premiere of the noted American compoer Missy Mazzoli's interpretation of Breaking the Waves, a bleak view of life in the Scottish Highlands, as depicted in the 1996 film by Lars von Trier.

The series of notable concert performances features Götterdämmerung, bringing to a climax the Festival's four-year cycle of Wagner's Ring. A second Berlin company, the Deutsche Oper, led by its Scottish conductor, Donald Runnicles, brings Puccini's rare early Manon Lescaut featuring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. Iestyn Davies leads the cast in a performance of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.

There is a rare and wonderful Elgar oratorio, the Kingdom, with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus joined by Martyn Brabbins and the Hallé. Even more unusual is the celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centenary - a concert presentation by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra of his great musical West Side Siory.  In addition, the opening concert brings the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their charismatic conductor Gustavo Dudamel in Mahler's titanic 'Resurrection' Symphony. And the Orchestre de Paris bring Britten's War Requiem.


Over seventy years since its premiere, one of the very greatest Broadway musicals, West Side Story, has been very widely performed. However brilliant it was originally, the continued insistance on use of the authentic Jerome Robbins staging was beginning to be less attractive. This new version brought the Usher Hall to life, with the action spreading all through the auditorium.  The wonderfully versatile SCO slipped easily into Broadway jazz band mode. Even the conductor got involved, delivering Officer Krupke's few lines, and the large cast of young performers bubbled with enthusiasm - as did the packed audience. 

Performance Cast

Riff leader of the Jets

Dan D'Souza

Tony Riff's friend

Alek Shrader

Bernardo leader of the Sharks

Nuno Silva

Maria Bernardo's sister

Sophia Burgos

Anita Bernardo's girl

Andrea Baker

Chino Bernardo's friend

Paul Hernandez

Action a Jet

Ryan Kopel

A-Rab a Jet

Jared Esguerra

Baby John a Jet

David Lerner

Snowboy a Jet

Daniel Barrett

Big Deal a Jet

Hakeem Henderson

Diesel a Jet

Ross Cumming

Gladhand a Jet

Daniel Barrett

Girl a Jet girl

Carmen Ruby Floyd

Consuelo a Shark girl

Holly Jarvis

Rosalia a Shark girl

Carmen Ruby Floyd

Maria's father

Alfredo Jiménez

Performance DatesWest Side Story 2019

Map List

Usher Hall | Edinburgh

5 Aug, 20.00 6 Aug, 20.00

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