Socially distanced, semi-staged Ariadne auf Naxos in Edinburgh showcases Brenda Rae’s standout Zerbinetta

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [15] – Richard Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos (1916 version): Soloists, Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Lothar Koenigs (conductor). Filmed (directed by Phil Glenny) at the end of August 2021 at Edinburgh Academy Junior School and streamed via ‘At Home’ (click here) from 30.8.2021. (JPr)

Edinburgh International Festival’s Ariadne auf Naxos (c) Matt Beech

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Nicola Benedetti is ‘At Home’ in Edinburgh headlining Stravinsky’s gripping The Soldier’s Tale

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [14] – Stravinsky, The Soldier’s Tale (English translation by Michael Flanders and Kitty Black): Filmed (directed by Matt Parkin) at Edinburgh Academy Junior School on 21.8.2021 and streamed from 27.8.2021. (JPr)

The Soldier’s Tale with Anthony Flaum (Soldier, right)

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Delectable recital from Fatma Said as triumphantly successful Edinburgh International Festival draws to a close

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [13] – Mozart, Ravel, de Falla, Lorca: Fatma Said (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano). Old College Quad, Edinburgh, 27.8.2021. (SRT)

Fatma Said (soprano) and Malcolm Martineau (piano) (c) Matt Beech

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Rewarding Lieder recital in Edinburgh from Gerald Finley and Julius Drake

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [12] – Schumann & Schubert: Gerald Finley (bass-baritone), Julius Drake (piano). Old College Quad, 23.8.2021. (SRT)

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone) and Julius Drake (piano) © Matt Beech

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The Dunedin Consort in Errollyn Wallen’s original and highly effective take on Dido and Aeneas  

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [11] – Errollyn Wallen, Dido’s Ghost (concert staging): Dunedin Consort / John Butt (conductor). Edinburgh Academy Junior School, 21.8.2021. (SRT)

Golda Schultz (Dido/Anna) and Matthew Brook (Aeneas) © Ryan Buchanan

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The LSO’s Edinburgh appearance is something of an anti-climax

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [10] – Ibert, Martinů, Strauss: London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Edinburgh Academy Junior School, 19.8.2021. (SRT)

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO © Ryan Buchanan

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