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2017 being the 70th year of the Edinburgh International Festival, the opera programme was a celebratory one with a distinctly expanded line-up of nine works. For the first time for ages, we had a residency by a major visiting company, the Teatro Regio, Torino, with Macbeth, the opera that opened that first Festival back in 1947, and La bohème. never before seen at the Festival, and a work that was launched at the old Teatro Regio back in 1896. Scottish Opera provided a new staging of Greek, Turnage's ground-breaking piece that was a Festival co-commission in 1988. There was also a strongly cast staging of Don Giovanni.

The operas to be performed in concert included Die Walküre, the second instalment of the Festival's four-year survey of the Ring, as well as Peter Grimes. The 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth was celebrated with a trilogy of concerts in which John Eliot Gardiner conducted L'OrfeoIl ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea, seen together in Edinburgh for the first time since 1978.

There were three further events, not part of the opera programme, but which should be highlighted. No Festival visit is complete without enjoying a morning concert at the Queen's Hall. Here there was a prelude to the Monteverdi event in the form of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in a recently discovered transcription by Heinrich Schütz. The gloriously dramatic Damnation of Faust by Berlioz was performed by Mark Elder and the Hallé, while the Festival continued its exploration of rare Elgar with a revival of the cantata King Olaf.

Greek got this exceptional Festival opera programme off to a flying start, showing with its  carefully prepared cast under Stuart Stratford that it is a work that now has a good chance of staying in the general repertoire, even in a space as large as the Festival Theatre.

Performance Cast


Alex Otterburn

Dad Café Manager; Chief of Police

Andrew Shore

Mum Waitress 2; Sphinx 1

Susan Bullock

Wife Doreen; Waitress 1; Sphinx 2

Allison Cook

Performance DatesGreek 2017

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

5 Aug, 19.15 6 Aug, 17.00

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