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Saint Matthew Passion 2016Edinburgh International Festival

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This was a rare opportunity to hear in Scotland John Eliot Gardiner's way with Bach. It was inevitably very different from a previous Festival reading conducted by Claudio Abbado back in 1981.


Festival opera programme 2016

The opera programme of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival featured two imported stagings. The rarity was a piece difficult to bring off and receiving its first Festival showing - Bellini's Norma. The second was a work far more frequently seen, Così fan tutte. There was the start of a new Ring project, in concert form, with Das Rheingold. The Usher Hall concert schedule also included several works that should be listed here, even if they are not exactly opera. These ranged from Bach (St Matthew Passion) to Elgar (Apostles) and Schoenberg (Gurrelieder).

Performance DatesSaint Matthew Passion 2016

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

13 Aug, 19.30

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