Musicals & Opera

Musicals & Opera

Edinburgh International Festival Review: Siegfried

The penultimate instalment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle is not the most dramatic but the combination of Mark Elder conducting The Hallé, who were sensational (especially the horns, tubas, woodwind and strings), and a clutch of outstanding singers made for a thrilling evening.

Siegfried, Usher Hall *****

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Musicals & Opera review: Prom Kween

Musicals & Opera review: Prom Kween

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: In 2016, Matthew Crisson became America’s first non-binary prom queen (non-binary meaning not identifying as simply male or female). That is the peg for this buzzy, poppy, semi-satirical high-school musical full of snappy, empowering numbers about being yourself and following your dreams.

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Ivan Fischer's 'staged concert' of Don Giovanni at the Festival Theatre

Edinburgh International Festival: RSNO need no set to light Valkyrie’s fire

When the economic downturn came, opera, it seemed, was first up against the wall at the Edinburgh International Festival. Yet in this 70th anniversary year, Festival Director Fergus Linehan has miraculously pulled out all the stops to revitalise the dwindling opera programme with four staged operas and an additional plethora in concert at the Usher Hall, making a programme to truly get your teeth into.

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