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									Edinburgh International Festival 2010
13 August – 5 September 2010

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following:


The City of Edinburgh Council
Scottish Arts Council

Project Grants

British Council
The Scottish Government
Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Principal Supporters

Dunard Fund USA
Edinburgh International Festival Endowment Fund
Léan Scully EIF Fund

Corporate Partners

Fireworks Concert Partner – Bank of Scotland
Opening Concert Partner – Heineken UK
Mobile Phone Provider – Hire – A – Phone
Inspiring Performances Partner – Lloyds TSB Scotland
Network Services Provider – Lumison, The internet at work
Official Car Provider – Renault
Audience Development Partner – The Skinny www.theskinny.co.uk
Production Partner – Standard Life

Production Sponsors

Baillie Gifford Investment Managers
City Inn contemporary hotels
Classic FM
The List Glasgow and Edinburgh Events Guide www.list.co.uk
Pinsent Masons

Corporate Friends

Bank of Scotland
Caledonian Hilton
Capita IT Services
Heineken UK
Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh
Hotel Missoni
Lloyds TSB Scotland
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
Prime Business Services with Hunter
& Clark (part of the Gilmour Group)
Sopra Group
Standard Life
Turcan Connell Solicitors
and Asset Managers

Principal Donors

American Friends of the Edinburgh
International Festival
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Festival
Capital Fund
Edinburgh International Festival
Friends and Patrons
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Director’s Circle
Johnston Press plc
The Miller Group Limited

Foreign Government Support
Arts Victoria
Australian High Commission, London
Consulate General of the Federal
Republic of Germany, Edinburgh
Consulate General of Switzerland,
Consulate of the Kingdom
of The Netherlands, Edinburgh
Culture Ireland
Embassy of Finland, London
Embassy of the Kingdom
of The Netherlands, London
Embassy of Mexico, United Kingdom
The Embassy of the United States
of America, London
Government of Victoria, Australia
The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores,
Estados Unidos Mexicanos
The United States Consulate General,

In Kind Supporters
Alba Water
ALCO Business Consulting
– ICT Strategic Partner
Capital Solutions
Dimensions (Scotland) Ltd
The Glasshouse
Inverarity One To One (Ayala
Champagne, Red Earth OZ wines)
Omni Centre Edinburgh
Springbank Distillers Ltd

Trusts & Foundations
The Anglo Mexican Foundation
The Binks Trust
Cruden Foundation Limited
The Peter Diamand Trust
The Evelyn Drysdale Charitable Trust
Garfi eld Weston Foundation
Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust
The Hamada Edinburgh Festival
The House Foundation
The Inches Carr Trust
Eda, Lady Jardine Charitable Trust
The Leverhulme Trust
The Morton Charitable Trust
The Negaunee Foundation
The Oppenheim Foundation
Risk Charitable Fund
The Stevenston Charitable Trust
Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain – SCFB
The Sym Charitable Trust
Thirkleby Trust

Edinburgh International Festival Society is registered as a company in Scotland (No
SC0247660) and as a Scottish Charity (No SC004694)
Registered Address: The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

02 Discover the Festival
Get the most out of your experience
04 Make Friends with the Festival
And get great benefits
05 Opening Concert
John Adams’s El Niño
06 Opera
From Porgy and Bess to Bliss
14 Dance
From New Zealand through Europe via USA to Brazil
24 Theatre
Gospel music, classic novels,
theatre meets cinema
34 Orchestras
From Moscow, Cleveland and Amsterdam
43 Recitals
Great American Mezzos
44 Jazz and Contemporary Music
Guitars, trumpets, accordions and cellos
46 Treasures and Traditions at Greyfriars
Baroque, renaissance and more
47 Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert
Glorious music and fiery spectacle
48 The Queen’s Hall Series
Intimate morning recitals
58 Explorations
Debates and talks
60 Conversations
Up close with artists
61 Behind the Scenes
A creative glimpse
62 Festival City
To help plan your Festival
64 Booking Information
Find out about concession discounts
65 Prices
Details of ticket prices
66 Festival Diary
At a glance, events day by day
Welcome to Festival 2010

Oceans apart – these words convey so much of the spirit and ambition behind the
Edinburgh International Festival in 2010. They conjure images of the harsh physical
journeys across huge expanses of sea, taken at great peril by European explorers from
the 14th century, in search of new worlds. They also suggest the often brutal
suppression wrought by colonial invasion. But most of all, I hope that they suggest an
expansive imaginative territory between places of extraordinary cultural diversity which
this programme seeks to explore and even to bridge.

Artists and repertoire from California, New York and New England, Mexico, Brazil, Chile,
Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela,Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand, Australia as well as
Spain, Holland and the UK all weave a rich, sensual tapestry during
our Festival in 2010.

As these diverse cultures, separated by vast oceans, converge
in Edinburgh, I hope you will join us to celebrate the synergies,
contrasts and revelations they offer.

Jonathan Mills
Discover the Festival

Value for money Festival shows from £6.50
The ticket prices at the Festival are tailored to suit every pocket with as wide a range as
possible. There are also many discounts with special prices on offer for young people
and senior citizens, those with a disability, students and unemployed people. See page
65 for ticket prices, how to book and full details of all our concessions.

Festival Online
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channel on YouTube. There’s even more on our website – sign up for your regular e-
bulletin, plan your Festival with our online diary and buy tickets quickly and easily.
Regular updates make it easy to stay on top of what’s happening. Visit us at

Explore Edinburgh
Edinburgh is wonderfully compact and very easy to walk around. All our Edinburgh
International Festival venues are within walking distance or a short bus ride away from
Princes Street, so no need for a car. Our map on page 63 gives you a bird’s eye view.
Go online for more about how to plan a trip to the Festival and find out about our Partner
Hotels at eif.co.uk/hotels

Easy Access?
Our goal is to make the Festival accessible to as many people as possible. Have a look
at our Access Guide with details on facilities at our venues, sign language, audio
described, captioned and supertitled performances. This brochure and the Access Guide
are available in large print, audio and Braille formats from 0131 473 2089 or go to
eif.co.uk/accessguide for digitally accessible versions. And don’t miss our special ticket
prices – see page 64 for details.

Buy the T-shirt!
Check out our souvenir store online at eif.co.uk/shop

Edinburgh the Festival City
The Edinburgh International Festival is one of a raft of festivals in the city, see page 62
for a rundown of the other major events in the city or go online to search across all of
Edinburgh’s festivals at edinburghfestivals.co.uk

BBC Radio 3

Thanks to BBC Radio 3, our Radio Broadcast Partner, you can hear over twenty Festival
concerts. All these concerts are recorded for broadcast, with details indicated throughout
the brochure. So catch up with what you missed or hear your favourite moments again
on Radio 3. Full details at bbc.co.uk/radio3

The Scotsman
The Festival Newspaper

We’ve teamed up with The Scotsman as our Media Partner for 2010. You’ll find great
previews, interviews and reviews on a wide range of Edinburgh International Festival
events in the paper and online, to help you plan your Festival.


Enjoy the benefits of being part of the INcrowd for only £20.

The Festival and The Skinny have partnered up to provide people in their 20s and 30s
with a real INsider’s view on what’s happening at Edinburgh’s greatest event of the year.
Get the ultimate back stage pass with:
– exclusive access to ‘money can’t buy’ experiences
– invites to dress rehearsals and preview performances
– hot tickets to exclusive VIP parties and behind the scenes events
– the chance to brush shoulders with the dancers, musicians and
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– exclusive discounts on selected performances
If you want to get under the skin and behind the scenes at the Festival
visit eif.co.uk/Insider

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The Festival’s Friends and Patrons play a vital role in making sure the Festival continues
to be world class each year. What’s more their ongoing support helps secure our future.
Join us today and enjoy a wonderful range of great benefits.
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Edinburgh International Festival
Benefactors and Patrons

Mr & Mrs James Anderson
Ewan and Christine Brown
Roxane Clayton
Joscelyn Fox
Frank Hitchman
Donald and Louise MacDonald
Jim and Isobel Stretton

Platinum Reserve
Richard Burns
Gavin and Kate Gemmell
David McLellan
Aileen and Stephen Nesbitt
Keith and Andrea Skeoch

Platinum Supporter
J Attias
Geoff and Mary Ball
Katie Bradford
The Rt. Hon. Lord Clarke
Lord and Lady Coulsfield
Sue and Andy Doig
Jo and Alison Elliot
Claire Enders
Anne Faggionato
Mr and Mrs Ted W Frison
Raymond and Anita Green
David and Judith Halkerston
Shields and Carol Henderson
André and Rosalie Hoffmann
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Jean and Roger Miller
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Mr Derek H Moss
Allan Myers AO QC
and Maria Myers AO
Nick and Julie Parker
Lady Potter
Donald and Brenda Rennie
Sir Duncan Rice and Lady Rice
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Fiona and Ian Russell
Richard Simon
Charles Smith
Andrew and Becky Swanston
Robin and Sheila Wight
Ruth Woodburn
Neil and Philippa Woodcock
Mr Hedley G Wright
And others who prefer
to remain anonymous

Ronald Alexander Miller Mackenzie,
Opening Concert

El Niño
By John Adams

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon Conductor
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
National Youth Choir of Scotland
Christopher Bell Chorus Master
Mark Grey Sound designer
Jessica Rivera Soprano
Kelley O’Connor Mezzo soprano
Willard White Baritone
Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier Artistic director
Robin Blaze Countertenor
William Purefoy Countertenor
Paul Flight Countertenor

The miracle of the nativity is given new life in John Adams’s oratorio El Niño. Women’s
voices and experiences are central to this retelling of the story unusually seen from a
mother’s perspective.

Like many composers before him, such as Bach and Schutz, Adams
tempers the holy rejoicing with deeply personal expressions of pain.

Conductor James Conlon leads a wonderful cast in this extraordinary
opener for Festival 2010.

‘This is Adams’s most powerful and affecting and sublimely assured music’
Los Angeles Times
‘a major masterpiece’ Philadelphia Enquirer

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Monday 13 September at 7.00pm

Friday 13 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£46 £42 £39 £33 £20 £18 £12.50 £10
2 hours 30 minutes approximately

Sponsored by Heineken UK

The Gershwins’ ®
Porgy and BessSM

Lloyds TSB Scotland Inspiring Performances

George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin

Sung in English

Opéra de Lyon

Porgy Derrick Lawrence
Bess Janice Chandler-Eteme
Crown Timothy Robert Blevins
Sportin’ Life Ronald Samm
Maria LaVerne Williams
Clara Magali Léger
Jake Rodney Clarke
Serena Andrea Baker
Peter Bernard Abervandana
Frazier Keel Watson
Dancers from the Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu and Théâtre National de Chaillot

William Eddins Conductor
José Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu Direction
José Montalvo Video conception
Dominique Hervieu Costume designer
Vincent Paoli Lighting designer
José Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu Choreography

Summertime and the livin’ is easy...

It’s a balmy evening on Catfish Row; a hypnotic heat permeates the calm. On the
horizon a storm is brewing.

Porgy and Bess, set in a nondescript, crumbling tenement on the waterfront in the deep
south of the USA, is a story of broken dreams and faded hopes; of dignity
and betrayal.

It is a poignant tale of a decent, lonely man called Porgy and his love for the beautiful,
bewitching Bess.

Written at the very end of the Great Depression in 1935, Porgy and Bess has become
perhaps the quintessential American opera – a symbol of hope in a time that was so
often hopeless; a demonstration of love and loyalty in desperate times.

George Gershwin’s score is full of songs famous in their own right including It ain’t
necessarily so, I got plenty o’ nuttin and Bess, you is my woman now; songs that still
capture the heart and stir the emotions 80 years after they were written.
In a new production for Opéra de Lyon, dynamic choreographers José Montalvo and
Dominique Hervieu capture the salty, sassy, sardonic essence of Porgy and Bess
complete with state-of-the art video imagery and high energy dance. With their
Montalvo-Hervieu dance company they had a huge Festival hit in 2007 with On Danse.

‘A life-enhancing, high-octane production breaks our hearts… total entertainment.’
Financial Times

Opéra de Lyon’s Mazeppa, Festival 06: ‘an epic production... takes the breath
away’ The Times

‘ a luxury cast... splendid Lyon orchestra... a star-quality show’
The Independent

Saturday 14, Monday 16,
Tuesday 17 August 7.15pm
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
£64 £56 £50 £40 £36 £26 £14
3 hours approximately


BSL interpreted and audio described performance Tuesday 17 August 7.15pm

Sponsored by Lloyds TSB Scotland


Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Montezuma Flavio Oliver
Eupaforice Lourdes Ambriz
Tezeuco Rogelio Marín
Pilpatoé Lucía Salas
Erissena Lina López
Fernando Cortes Adrián George Popescu
Navrès Christophe Carré

Concerto Elyma
Coro de Ciertos Habitantes
Gabriel Garrido Musical director
Claudio Valdés Kuri Director
Herman Sorgeloos Set Designer
Carsten Sander Lighting Designer
Ximena Fernández Costume Designer
A co-production between Theater der Welt, Edinburgh International Festival, Teatro Real
de Madrid, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Festival Internacional Cervantino and The
Anglo Mexican Foundation.

‘How can I believe in a god that commands deceit? What can I think of a faith that
teaches you to despise every man that differs from your opinion?’ Montezuma

Carl Heinrich Graun’s opera Montezuma bears witness to a clash of civilisations of epic
proportions. In a devastating contest between old and new worlds, Montezuma becomes
a battle for domination of one great empire over another.

The ornately gilded temples and palaces of the Aztec empire provide a magnificent
backdrop for a spectacular welcome to the adventurer Fernando Cortes and his Spanish

But it does not take long for these unscrupulous Europeans to vanquish and brutally
slaughter their Aztec hosts and ruthlessly plunder and lay waste to their extraordinary
wealth and culture.

It was a brutal subjugation of a people seen as heathen and barely human by an
invading colonising power.

How did it happen? And why did Aztec King Montezuma appear to allow it to happen?

Was Montezuma a hero, a traitor or a visionary?

Written in 1755, over 200 years after these tragic events occurred, Montezuma is a
remarkable collaboration between one of the great masters of coloratura
composition and a politically sophisticated and artistically talented monarch. Carl
Heinrich Graun and Frederick II of Prussia explore through words and music the very
complex relationship between the ambitious Cortes and the fatalistic Montezuma.

Graun’s rarely-performed operatic gem is the basis for an innovative new production
from one of Mexico’s most exciting young directors, Claudio Valdés Kuri. A cast of fine
European and Mexican singers, artists drawn equally from old and new worlds, is led by
Ensemble Elyma and its conductor Gabriel Garrido.

Saturday 14, Sunday 15,
Tuesday 17 August 7.15pm
King’s Theatre
£35 £28 £25 £20 £18 £12
2 hours 35 minutes approximately

Supported by
Embassy of Mexico, United Kingdom and CONACULTA and the Secretaría de
Relaciones Exteriores, Estados Unidos Mexicanos
Opera in Concert


Concert performance sung in Italian

Idomeneo Kurt Streit
Idamante Joyce DiDonato
Ilia Rosemary Joshua
Elettra Emma Bell
Arbace Rainer Trost
Sacerdote Keith Lewis
Voce di Nettuno Jan Martiník

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras Conductor
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus
Gregory Batsleer Chorus Master

A mythological story of love and jealousy, sacrifice and exile, natural disaster and divine
intervention, Idomeneo is set in the aftermath of the Trojan Wars. It is undoubtedly one
of Mozart’s greatest operatic achievements.

Sir Charles Mackerras leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus in a concert
performance of this masterpiece of opera seria with a cast which includes the
incomparable voices of Joyce DiDonato, Rosemary Joshua, Emma Bell and Kurt Streit
singing the roles of Idamante, Ilia, Elettra and Idomeneo.

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 18 September at 6.00pm

Friday 20 August 7.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
3 hours 45 minutes approximately

Supported by The Binks Trust

La fanciulla del West
(The Girl of the Golden West)

Concert performance sung in Italian

Minnie Susan Bullock
Dick Johnson Marcus Haddock
Jack Rance Juha Uusitalo
Ashby Brindley Sherratt
Nick Colin Judson
Sonora Roland Wood
Wowkle Louise Collett

The Orchestra of Scottish Opera
Francesco Corti Conductor
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

The Girl of the Golden West is a fast-moving tale of love, jealousy, gambling, banditry
and violence and their effect on a tight knit community. Despite the odds, the intrepid
and resourceful frontierswoman Minnie gets her feller.

Highly dramatic and brilliantly orchestrated La fanciulla del West was first staged in New
York in 1910. It followed close on the heels of Puccini’s huge success with Madama

Monday 23 August 7.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
3 hours approximately

Supported by The Stevenston Charitable Trust

With additional support from The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
The Indian Queen

Concert performance sung in English

Daniel Purcell The Masque of Hymen
Henry Purcell Come, ye sons of art
Henry Purcell The Indian Queen
Gillian Keith Soprano
Katherine Manley Soprano
Robin Blaze Countertenor
John Mark Ainsley Tenor
Allan Clayton Tenor
Roderick Williams Bass
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers Conductor

Set in the royal courts of Peru and Mexico just prior to the arrival
of the Spanish Conquistadors, The Indian Queen is an intricate tale
of dynastic power and regal heritage. It is arguably Purcell’s most
exotic and alluring masque.

Following the memorable success of their performance of The Fairy
Queen in 2009, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen return to the
Usher Hall to delight us in a programme containing immortal anthems
and delightful occasional music, with a text adapted from John Dryden
and Sir Robert Howard.

Tuesday 24 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
2 hours 30 minutes approximately

Sponsored by Classic FM

L’heure espagnole

Concert performance sung in French

Chabrier Espagne
Ibert Escales
Ravel L’heure espagnole
Concepcion Sophie Koch
Ramiro Johannes Weisser
Gonzalve Gordon Gietz
Don Inigo Christopher Purves
Torquemada Keith Lewis
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Stéphane Denève Conductor

From its opening bars, Ravel’s superbly witty, comic masterpiece is completely
beguiling. As the chaotic sound of various clocks tick in different tempi, this short rather
riotous romp through the world of an absent-minded clockmaker is as simple and
inconclusive as it is charming and lyrical.

Stéphane Denève leads the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a wonderful cast in a
programme that delights the ear in its affection for the colours and sonorous contours of
all things Spanish.

Wednesday 25 August 7.30pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 30 minutes approximately

Made possible by a legacy from Ronald Alexander Miller Mackenzie, FRICS
Sung in English with English supertitles

Opera Australia
BBC Symphony
European Premiere

Harry Joy Peter Coleman-Wright
Betty Merlyn Quaife
Honey B Lorina Gore
Alex Barry Ryan
David David Corcoran
Lucy Taryn Fiebig
Johnny Kanen Breen

Elgar Howarth Conductor
Neil Armfi eld Director
Kate Champion Choreographer
Brian Thomson Set designer
Alice Babidge Costume designer
Nigel Levings Lighting designer

Please note this production contains coarse language and adult themes. It is not
recommended for children.

‘Harry Joy was to die three times, but it was his first death which was to have the
greatest effect on him…’

Peter Carey’s sardonic novel Bliss charts the escapades and misadventures of Harry
Joy, an advertising executive who, having survived a near-death experience, gets
sucked into a Kafkaesque routine of increasing bizarreness.Is he really in hell? In a
place where his wife is constantly unfaithful, his son is a drug dealer and his daughter
offers sexual favours to pay for her narcotic needs?

Bliss is a much-anticipated new operatic collaboration with all the ingredients for
excitement: a score by Brett Dean, surely one of the most innovative composers working
today; an enthralling libretto by Amanda Holden; the directorial wit and sparkle of Neil
Armfield; the virtuosity of Elgar Howarth and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and the
electrifying stage presence of Peter Coleman-Wright. This opera is based on Peter
Carey’s remarkable novel.

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Bliss (the novel):
‘dazzling comic flair... quirky, irresistible’ Time Out
‘funny, humane and at times profound’ Literary Review

Thursday 2, Saturday 4
September 7.15pm
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
£64 £56 £50 £40 £36 £26 £14
2 hours 40 minutes approximately

Supported by Edinburgh International Festival Friends and Patrons
Supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

Lemi Ponifasio

Lemi Ponifasio Choreography

Lemi Ponifasio is a Samoan choreographer living in New Zealand. His company MAU is
named after the Samoan independence movement – the word MAU means revolution.

One of the most distinctive choreographers in the world today, Ponifasio is a fearless
creative force whose work provokes attention and debate wherever it is experienced.
The choreography is an extraordinary visceral kaleidoscope of ideas and influences that
touch on the tensions and politics of race, tradition, mythology, urban consumerism and
environmental awareness.

Tempest: Without a Body

Part dance, part theatre, part ceremony, Tempest is an awe-inspiring reflection on our
modern world. Sporting full-face Maori tattoo, veteran Maori activist Tame Iti strikes an
imposing figure at the centre of this ferocious and beautiful vision of paradise and hell.
He is the focal point of this Shakespeare-inspired work which delves deep into the iconic
world of Polynesian ritual. Tempest explores timeless themes of political freedom and
personal liberty.

‘ An impressive choreographic tour de force.’
Le Soir

‘ Clear. Beautiful. Masterful’

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August
The Edinburgh Playhouse
£28.50 £26 £22 £20 £16 £12 £10 £8
1 hour 30 minutes approximately

Supported by Visiting Arts

Birds with Skymirrors

Can we ever hope to live in harmony with our environment? Can we aspire to become
more than vandals? A species integrated with the planet on which we live?

On the smallest of islands in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, shiny, glittering
fragments of plastic waste attract the eyes of frigatebirds. These tiny sky mirrors, deadly
parcels of pollution which adorn the nests of unsuspecting sea birds, are a dreadful if
ironic reminder of the fragile beauty of environmentally degraded, remote islands
throughout the Pacific.

Inspired by the plight of the small islands of the Pacific, Lemi Ponifasio asks some big
questions about our role on the planet. At a time of urgent and anxious debates on
global warming, Birds with Skymirrors is a reflection, through beauty and stillness, on our
relationship with the Earth.

A co-production between Théâtre de la Ville, Theater der Welt 2010, spielzeit'europa I
Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, KVS Brussels, New Zealand International Arts
Festival and Holland Festival.

Tuesday 17 August 8.00pm
Wednesday 18 August 2.30pm
The Edinburgh Playhouse
£28.50 £26 £22 £20 £16 £12 £10 £8
1 hour 30 minutes approximately

Grupo Corpo

With an extraordinary combination of flair, fire and flamboyance, Grupo Corpo exudes
many of the qualities associated with Brazilian culture. Building on a solid foundation of
classical movement, Grupo Corpo’s high-octane ensemble of dancers combines the
sensual elements inherent in Brazilian popular dance with cutting-edge contemporary
dance techniques. Prepare for a real feast of fast and fabulous rhythm and movement.


Rodrigo Pederneiras Choreographer
Tom Zé and Zé Miguel Wisnik Music
Fernando Velloso and Paulo Pederneiras Set design
Freusa Zechmeister Costume designer
Paulo Pederneiras Lighting designer

Carnival comes to the Festival in a performance of seductive physicality. Dressed in
sleek, brightly coloured costumes, the Grupo Corpo dancers stamp their feet and sway
their hips with snake-like fluidity in this ravishing creation straight off the white sandy
beaches of Rio. The richly atmospheric light and shadow of Parabelo create transitions
from colour to monochrome in this punchy and utterly engaging work.


Rodrigo Pederneiras Choreographer
Caetano Veloso and José Miguel Wisnik Music
Freusa Zechmeister Costume designer
Paulo Pederneiras Set and lighting designer
With its fast footwork and dynamic Brazilian rhythms, Onqotô sets out to explore a
monumental theme – that of humanity’s place within the vastness of the universe.

A soundtrack of driving Latin funk provides the musical backdrop for an eccentric debate
over the paternity of the universe. It’s a curious competition between the idea of a great
primordial explosion and a witty notion that the cosmos was conceived as a weird form
of rivalry between Rio’s two main football teams. The audience is left to decide the

‘ exuberant, ecstatic, fierce’
This Week in New York

Friday 20 – Monday 23 August 8.00pm
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
£28.50 £26 £20 £18 £15 £10
1 hour 40 minutes approximately

Sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers

Alonzo King
Lines Ballet

Lloyds TSB Scotland Inspiring Performances

In their UK debut, choreographer Alonzo King and his Lines Ballet from San Francisco
bring a pair of works to the Festival which show the vulnerability and tenderness of his
choreography alongside the furious abandon and exhilarating freedom of his company’s
contemporary classical style.

The ephemeral and lyrical Dust and Light with its celestial longing for the moon and the
stars opens the programme. Rasa draws on the diverse cultural roots of American
contemporary dance and traditional Indian classical music in a remarkable collaboration
with virtuoso tabla player Zakir Hussain, to bring this evening to a startling, hypnotic

Dust and Light

Alonzo King Choreographer
Francis Poulenc and Arcangelo Corelli Music
Axel Morgenthaler Lighting designer
Robert Rosenwasser Costume designer

Alonzo King’s dancers find themselves bathed in silvery radiance in this emotional and
exuberant work. Dust and Light is set to beautiful baroque music by Corelli and ethereal
choral works by Poulenc. From intimate duets and trios Dust and Light expands
outwards into an elaborate ensemble, immersing the audience in a luminous grace.

Alonzo King Choreographer
Zakir Hussain Tabla
Kala Ramnath Violin, voice

Originating in 16th century India, tabla music developed as dance music, each
mesmerizing and melodic drum beat inspiring a unique human movement. Rasa is
Alonzo King’s third collaboration with Grammy Award-winning tabla master Zakir
Hussain, who performs live on stage with the spellbinding singer and violinist Kala

The New Yorker

‘Lines Ballet is a vision that remains inscribed in memory’
Le Monde

Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 August 8.00pm
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
£28.50 £26 £20 £18 £15 £10
1 hour 45 minutes

Sponsored by Lloyds TSB Scotland

Supported by Léan Scully EIF Fund
Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal


Pina Bausch Choreographer
Peter Pabst Set and video designer
Marion Cito Costume designer
Matthias Burkert and Andreas Eisenschneider Musical collaboration

The fascinating contrasts and complexities of Brazil form the inspiration for Água. A
joyous homage to a paradise of swaying palm trees, sultry jungles and stalking leopards
from one of the greatest artists of the 21st century.

During a long and distinguished career, the great German choreographer Pina Bausch,
who died in June 2009, helped to redefine the parameters of contemporary dance with a
unique and highly idiosyncratic brew of classical movement, burlesque humour and overt
theatricality. Pina Bausch was quite simply an extraordinary force of creative energy.

In Água, her charismatic and eclectic company of dancers transports you from beach to
rainforest and then back again in a playful work brimming with joie de vivre. Complete
with kissing competitions, dancers illuminated by fairy lights and men and women
splashing each other with water bottles like kids on the beach, Água exemplifies
all that is best in Pina Bausch’s profound and playful brand of dance theatre.

‘the most influential figure in European contemporary dance for the past 30 years’
The Daily Telegraph

‘basically reinvented dance.’
William Forsythe

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 August 7.30pm
The Edinburgh Playhouse
£28.50 £26 £22 £20 £16 £12 £10 £8
2 hours 55 minutes approximately

Audio described performance Sunday 29 August 7.30pm
Paco Peña
Flamenco Dance Company


World Premiere
Jude Kelly Director

Is there a better world out there, waiting to be discovered? A place of wonder and
promise in which a better life is possible? Or are our dreams merely a chimera, an
imagined reality that turns out to be a disappointment or – worse – false?

We tend to believe a better life is ahead, over an elusive frontier just beyond our grasp.
Paco Peña creates a new work for Festival 2010 through the powerful storytelling of
flamenco music and dance. In the past Spain has sent its people across the world in
search of a new life. Now a modern prosperous country, Spain itself is the aspirational
home for many immigrants from poorer countries. Quimeras brings to life the journeys of
migrants and refugees, reflecting both good and bad aspects of their dreams, the reality
of their lives and their connection with the people on the other side of the frontiers they

With imagination and dedication Paco Peña reinvents flamenco, expanding its horizons
whilst never losing touch with its visceral roots. He brings his full company to the Festival
for this world premiere.

Co-production between the Edinburgh International Festival and Paco Peña Flamenco
Dance Company.

‘flamenco at its finest – modern, sophisticated and tantalising’
The Evening Standard

‘Peña’s technique was flawless’
Los Angeles Times

Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 September 8.00pm
The Edinburgh Playhouse
£28.50 £26 £22 £20 £16 £12 £10 £8
1 hour 50 minutes approximately

Sponsored by Standard Life

The Sun Also Rises


World Premiere

Elevator Repair Service
John Collins Director
David Zinn Set and costumes
Mark Barton Lights
Matt Tierney and Ben Williams Sound

A co-production between Elevator Repair Service and New York Theatre Workshop.
Commissioned by the Ringling International Arts Festival and John and Mable Ringling
Museum of Art and in association with the Baryshnikov Arts Center; the Philadelphia
Live Arts Festival with funding from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the
Philadelphia Theatre Initiative; and ArtsEmerson: the World on Stage.

The first world war is over, but some battles still rage on.

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway’s first major novel, follows a group of weary,
aimless and frequently inebriated American expatriates searching for identity,
redemption and diversion in Europe. Told with spare and tightly written prose,
Hemingway’s story winds its way through France and Spain and lands in Pamplona
where bullfighting and the fiesta rage in the streets. In this world premiere staging from
acclaimed New York ensemble Elevator Repair Service, Hemingway’s novel comes to
life on a stage littered with liquor bottles and cafe chairs.

Elevator Repair Service’s interpretations of classic American novels by F Scott
Fitzgerald and William Faulkner have garnered critical acclaim across the world. An
illuminating stage interpretation of one of America’s greatest literary works, The Sun
Also Rises features the ensemble’s trademark sound design, highly energized
choreography and re-imagined bullfighting.

Saturday 14 – Monday 16 August 7.30pm, Sunday 15 August 1.00pm,
Tuesday 17 August 2.00pm
Royal Lyceum Theatre
£27 £24 £18 £16 £10
3 hours 15 minutes approximately

Audio described performance Monday 16 August 7.30pm

Supported by Edinburgh International Festival Benefactors and the Director’s Circle

With additional support from the United States Embassy, London

Vieux Carré
By Tennessee Williams

The Wooster Group

Elizabeth LeCompte Director
Jennifer Tipton Lighting
Andrew Schneider Video
Matt Schloss and Omar Zubair Sound

Cast Ari Fliakos, Ellen Mills, Daniel Pettrow, Kaneza Schaal, Scott Shepherd, Kate
Valk and Judson Williams

Commissioned by Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Wiener Festwochen, Les Spectacles
Vivants – Centre Pompidou and Festival d’Automne à Paris.

‘This house was occupied once. In my mind it still is, but by shadowy occupants like
ghosts.’ Tennessee Williams

722 Toulouse Street, New Orleans is a squalid rooming house where a young writer
makes his home amongst restless young malcontents and elderly eccentrics. As he
becomes entangled with their lives, his own fate reveals itself.

In this production, the New York-based Wooster Group forges a new mode of
expression for Williams’s lyric voice. The influence of Elia Kazan, who defined a style for
Williams in the 1940s, is inescapable. But the Group counters the pull of Kazan by
drawing stylistically from the seamy improvisational films of Paul Morrissey, produced
with Andy Warhol in the early 1970s, and the recent media work of Ryan Trecartin,
known for his wildly stylised performances, rapid-fire editing and digital manipulations.

Saturday 21 – Tuesday 24 August 7.30pm
Royal Lyceum Theatre
£27 £24 £18 £16 £10
2 hours approximately

Audio described performance Tuesday 24 August 7.30pm

Please note this production contains adult themes.

Supported by the United States Embassy, London

The Gospel at Colonus
The Blind Boys of Alabama
The Legendary Soul Stirrers
The Steeles
The Abyssinian Chancel Choir / Inspirational Voices
Cast Rev Dr. Earl F. Miller, Jay Caldwell, Kevin Davis, Carolyn Johnson-White,
Bernardine Mitchell, Josie Johnson

Bob Telson Piano
Butch Heyward Organ
Leroy Clouden Drums
Lee Breuer Adaptor and director
Bob Telson Composer and musical director
Alison Yerxa Set designer
Adam Larsen Video projection design
Jason Boyd Lighting designer
Ron Lorman Sound designer

Produced by Dovetail Productions

Gospel music, rock ‘n’ roll swagger, a dash of soul and syncopated style are at the heart
of this uplifting spectacle. Set in modern day America it is a radical reworking of
Sophocles’s tragedy Oedipus at Colonus. The wonderful traditions of gospel singing are
centre stage and will have you jumping out of your seat to join in!

A Pentecostal preacher drives the narrative while the legendary gospel vocal group, The
Blind Boys of Alabama, collectively play the role of Oedipus.

Classic Greek drama is given more than a little contemporary twist by New York based
theatre director Lee Breuer.

He brings his seminal production to the Festival following success with the brilliantly
theatrical Peter and Wendy last year and Mabou Mines DollHouse in 2007.

‘not just a show, it is a miracle...most electric and inventive show in American musical
history!’ The Atlanta Constitution

‘wonderful, hypnotic, exhilarating... makes you feel good about being human... on the
way home you’ll feel like flying.’ The Village Voice

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 August 7.30pm, Sunday 22 & Monday 23
August 2.30pm
The Edinburgh Playhouse
£30 £25 £18 £15 £10 £8
2 hours approximately

Sponsored by Standard Life

World Premiere

National Theatre of Scotland
Anthony Neilson Director

Caledonia is a story of greed, euphoria and mass delusion. It is the story of a small, poor
country mistaking itself for a place that is both big and rich. It is an ancient story for
modern times.

William Paterson was a financial adventurer who in 1698 devised one of the most daring
and disastrous speculations of all time. His plan: to found a Scottish colony in Darien on
the isthmus of Panama in Central America and turn Scotland, one of the poorest nations
in Europe, into a prosperous colonial power. He invited the public to invest. And they
did – in a big way. Within weeks a vast proportion of the nation’s wealth had been

What went wrong? Distance, disease, corruption and culpability all played a part in this
ruinous episode. Within a few years, the Scots – demoralised and impoverished – gave
up their nation’s independent status and signed the 1707 Treaty of Union with England.

Inspired by documents, journals, letters, songs and poems of the period, celebrated
playwright and satirist Alistair Beaton has created a work that is both a tribute to heroic
ambition and a darkly witty take on the deceptions and self-deceptions of rich and poor
alike. Caledonia is directed by Anthony Neilson, the Scottish writer and director whose
award-winning work for the Edinburgh International Festival has included the National
Theatre of Scotland’s Realism and The Wonderful World of Dissocia.

A co-production between the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre
of Scotland.

‘Speculation buys up, in a very practical way, the intelligence of those involved.’
John Kenneth Galbraith 1993

Saturday 21, Sunday 22, Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 August 7.30pm, Sunday 22,
Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 August 2.30pm
King’s Theatre
£27 £24 £22 £18 £12
2 hours 20 minutes approximately

Captioned performance Tuesday 24 August 7.30pm

BSL interpreted and audio described performance
Wednesday 25 August 7.30pm

Touch tour Wednesday 25 August 6.30pm
Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund
Teatro Cinema

Teatro Cinema is an inventive and original theatre company from Chile who create an
ingenious fusion of cinema and theatre. Their highly stylised staging is a seamless blend
of live action and film projection – technical and theatrical wizardry.

Sin Sangre
(Without Blood)


Performed in Spanish with English supertitles
Juan Carlos Zagal Director
Rodrigo Bazáes Art director
Loreto Monsalve Costume designer
Luis Alcaide Technical director
Juan Carlos Zagal Original music
Dauno Tótoro Film director
Cast Laura Pizarro, Juan Carlos Zagal, Diego Fontecilla, Ernesto
Anacona and Etienne Bobenrieth

When blood is shed the past always comes back to haunt us.

Witness to the brutal slaying of her father and brother by three armed intruders, Nina is
discovered by one of the assassins under a trapdoor. He decides to spare her life. Many
years later the two meet again and their shared past uncovers a murky river of secrets,
deceit and vengeance.

Sin Sangre is an adaptation of a novella by Italian author and playwright Alessandro
Baricco, with all the darkness and tension of a 1960s B-movie thriller. It is a fast paced
production combining intense dialogue and raw action with widescreen cinematic

Saturday 28 & Monday 30 August, Wednesday 1 & Friday 3 September 8.00pm
King’s Theatre
£27 £24 £22 £18 £12
1 hour 30 minutes approximately
The Man Who Fed Butterflies


Performed in Spanish with English supertitles

Juan Carlos Zagal Director
José Pedro Pizarro Art director
Mónica Navarro Costume designer
Luis Alcaide Technical director
Juan Carlos Zagal Original music
Dauno Tótoro and Juan Carlos Zagal Film directors

Cast Laura Pizarro, Juan Carlos Zagal, Bernardita Montero,
Cristian Garín and José Manuel Aguirre

During the last moments of his life an old man feels the urge to carry out a forgotten
ritual taught to him by the only survivor of an extinct and forgotten tribe. They believed
each recently hatched butterfly was the spirit of a dead warrior searching for his
kingdom. Every year at the same time the sacred men stood on a cliff, their arms open,
palms covered in fresh nectar, waiting to feed the butterflies as they set off
on their annual migration.

This original and poetic story makes the very most of the celebrated Chilean company’s
striking visual style blending film and live action. Brave and ambitious, The Man Who
Fed Butterflies asks questions about the true potential of the human mind.

A co-production between Edinburgh International Festival, Teatro
Cinema, Santiago a Mil, Scène Nationale de Sète, Centre Dramatique
Le Manège, Napoli Teatro Festival and Fondo Para El Desarrollo de Las
Artes (Chilean Government).

‘Film and theatre have gone through a blender under Juan Carlos Zagal. As much a
feast for the senses as it is a blow to the heart.’ The Straits Times

Sunday 29 August, Thursday 2 & Saturday 4 September 8.00pm,
Saturday 4 September 2.00pm
King’s Theatre
£27 £24 £22 £18 £12
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Sponsored by Pinsent Masons

Songs of Ascension
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
The Elysian Quartet
Edinburgh University Singers
Meredith Monk Music/Direction
Ann Hamilton Video

Where one artform stops and another starts has never been a concern for Meredith
Monk as she seamlessly blends elements of music, art and theatre to startling effect.
Her career blossomed in the avant-garde world of 1960s New York alongside
contemporaries including Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Andy Warhol.

Part uplifting celebration, part devotional ritual, Songs of Ascension is an ethereal,
meditative work that combines music, movement and film. Buddhism and the notion of
spiritual enlightenment are the inspiration for this luminous piece of music theatre which
has all the hallmarks of Monk’s distinctive and evocative vocal style. Songs of Ascension
is a collaboration with American multi-media artist Ann Hamilton.

‘Watching Monk’s work is like seeing music.’ eyespyLA.com

‘Later generations will envy those who got to see her live.’ The New Yorker

Saturday 28, Sunday 29 & Monday 30 August 8.00pm
Royal Lyceum Theatre
£27 £24 £18 £16 £10
70 minutes approximately

Supported by the American Friends of the Edinburgh International Festival

With additional support from the United States Embassy London
Diciembre (December)

Teatro en el Blanco
Performed in Spanish with English supertitles
Guillermo Calderón Director
Francisca Castellano Assistant director
Cast Mariana Muñoz, Trinidad González, Jorge Bécker

Christmas Eve 2014. Chile, Peru and Bolivia are at war. A soldier arrives home on 24
hour leave to celebrate with his pregnant twin sisters. It is to be a far from silent night.
When the sisters discover he may not return to the battle front, one is ready to hide him.
The other is furious. Both try to convince him of their opposing views of the war. Will the
brother defect or return to battle?

Diciembre is blackly comic, exploring the divisive nature of war for both a country and a

Teatro en el Blanco literally means ‘theatre that hits the target’ and this young Santiago
based company makes its Edinburgh debut promising just that: visceral, emotive theatre.

‘Explores the reality of war and its power to transform collective consciousness and
domestic life.’ Caras y Caretas

Thursday 2, Friday 3 & Saturday 4 September 8.00pm, Saturday 4 September 2.30pm
Royal Lyceum Theatre
£27 £24 £18 £16 £10
1 hour 15 minutes approximately

Sponsored by The List

Rhapsodies in Red, White and Blue

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Gunther Schuller Conductor
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus
Timothy Dean Chorus Master
Steven Osborne Piano
Copland Lincoln Portrait
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz band version)
Ives Symphony No 4

The Festival goes Stateside for an evening of 20th century North American classics
inspired by the pilgrims of New England, the upheavals of civil war and the spirit of

Conductor and composer Gunther Schuller has an extraordinary career that spans
performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and jamming alongside Miles Davis,
making him the ideal conductor for tonight’s concert.

Aaron Copland made use of folk songs such as Camptown Races and quotations from
Abraham Lincoln, including excerpts from his Gettysburg Address, to create a homage
to America’s great President. Steven Osborne joins the orchestra for Gershwin’s
quintessentially American Rhapsody in Blue, performed here in its jazziest incarnation.
Charles Ives’s Fourth Symphony brings this concert to a colourful climax.

Saturday 14 August 7.30pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 40 minutes approximately

Sponsored by Prudential

Russian National Orchestra

Mikhail Pletnev Conductor
Vadim Repin Violin
Beethoven Overture, Coriolan
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony No 15

Noted for its memorable melodies and lively interplay between soloist and orchestra,
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is in the hands of one of the great violin virtuosos of our
time, Vadim Repin.

Shostakovich likened the opening sequences of his Fifteenth Symphony to a toy shop,
referring to a sense of child-like innocence and naiveté which is soon corrupted. The
Russian National Orchestra’s impassioned strings, spiky brass and crashing percussion
combine to deliver a compelling and illuminating performance.

Vadim Repin: ‘This is raptly beautiful playing… Superb.’ The Sunday Times

Thursday 19 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 50 minutes approximately

Supported by Dunard Fund USA
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 01

Sakari Oramo Conductor
Petra Lang Mezzo soprano
Nielsen Overture, Helios
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder
Nielsen Symphony No 4 ‘The Inextinguishable’

The great Danish romantic composer Carl Nielsen took inspiration from a glorious
summer in this overture named after the Greek God of the Sun. The music joyously and
poetically depicts the sun over the Aegean Sea.

Wistful, romantic and intense, Wagner’s settings of Mathilde Wesendonck’s poetry were
written amidst rumours of an affair between the two. Leading mezzo soprano Petra
Lang’s sensitive interpretations of romantic lieder are compelling, intuitive and insightful.

Nielsen’s dramatic Fourth Symphony, also known as The Inextinguishable, explores the
elemental life force within each of us. Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony
Orchestra bring Nielsen’s poetic and lyrical works thrillingly to life.

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 15 September at 7.00pm

Sunday 15 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 40 minutes approximately

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 02

Sakari Oramo Conductor
Juha Uusitalo Bass baritone
Wagner Overture, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Dutchman’s Monologue, Der fl
iegende Holländer Wotan’s Farewell, Die Walküre
Nielsen Symphony No 5

The Dutchman in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman has become a signature role for Finnish
baritone Juha Uusitalo. He has performed it at La Scala in Milan, Vienna State Opera,
San Francisco Opera and Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. Here he sings the Dutchman’s
Monologue alongside Wotan’s emotive Farewell from Die Walküre.

Invigorating Baltic blasts characterise Carl Nielsen’s work. His Fifth Symphony depicts
an immense struggle for supremacy between good and evil.

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra: ‘ingenious, imaginative and explosive’ The
Juha Uusitalo: ‘towering presence, scrupulous musicianship’ Financial Times

Monday 16 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 50 minutes approximately

Cleveland Orchestra 01
Franz Welser-Möst Conductor
Joela Jones Organ
Ives Variations on America (original version for organ)
From the Steeples and Mountains
Postlude in F
Bruckner Symphony No 8

The first of two concerts by the mighty Cleveland Orchestra presents composing legends
side by side. Iconoclastic Ives is now seen as the father of American music. From the
Steeples and Mountains paints a picture of a quiet Sunday morning and ends having
ascended the highest of craggy peaks. The magnificence of the Usher Hall’s organ can
be heard in Joela Jones’s performance of two of Ives’s works for organ.

Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony is one of his grandest. Also known as The Apocalyptic, it
delivers lavish and magnifi cent orchestral sound. Hugo Wolf, who attended the Vienna
premiere, wrote that it was ‘the work of a giant’.

Tuesday 17 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
2 hours 15 minutes approximately


Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Monday 20 September at 7.00pm

Supported by Dunard Fund USA

Cleveland Orchestra 02

Franz Welser-Möst Conductor
Laura Aikin Soprano
Korngold      Act II Prelude, Die tote Stadt
              Marietta’s Lied, Die tote Stadt
Berg Lulu Suite
Brahms Symphony No 2 in D

The Cleveland Orchestra presents extracts from Korngold’s characteristically lush 1920
opera Die tote Stadt (The Dead Town) which explores how to overcome the loss of a
loved one, a theme that resonated with audiences of the time, having just come through
the trauma of World War I.

Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is based on a play by Frank Wedekind in which the murderer
Lulu slithers through a sticky, seedy world of corruption and deceit. His Suite from Lulu
contains contemporary jazz rhythms refl ecting European musical trends of the 1930s.

The jollity of Brahms’s Second Symphony has been likened to the pastoral mood of
Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony with the subtle interplay of rich, contrasting melodies.

‘Welser-Möst drew the most magnificent colours and moods from the orchestra’
‘ Laura Aikin wields the colours of her voice like a vocal Renoir.’ Opernwelt

Wednesday 18 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
2 hours approximately

Supported by Dunard Fund USA
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 01

Lloyds TSB Scotland Inspiring Performances

Mariss Jansons Conductor
Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Berio 4 Dédicaces
Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1945)

A welcome return to the Festival for this great orchestra. The magical combination of the
Concertgebouw, conductor Mariss Jansons and an eclectic and invigorating programme
is sure to ignite.

Dedicated to the memory of Claude Debussy, Stravinsky’s single
movement Symphonies of Wind Instruments draws on Russian folk elements illustrating
the composer’s love for his homeland.

Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta has made its way into the popular
psyche after featuring in the films Being John Malkovich and The Shining. 4 Dédicaces
is an umbrella title that Pierre Boulez gave to four of Berio’s magical miniatures that
were grouped together in the late 1980s. The Firebird is possibly Stravinsky’s best
known work, the suite from it is performed here in its 1945 form.

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 22 September at 7.00pm

Monday 30 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
2 hours approximately

Sponsored by City Inn Contemporary Hotels

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 02

Mariss Jansons Conductor
Anna Larsson Mezzo soprano
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master
Mahler Symphony No 3

Mahler’s monumental hymn to the natural world uses dynamic vocal forces to create one
of the most exceptional symphonies in the repertoire.
The slow opening evokes the primordial sleep of nature as Mahler’s soul-stirring genius
comes into full play.

Tuesday 31 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Sponsored by Lloyds TSB Scotland
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Robin Ticciati Conductor
Katia and Marielle Labèque Piano
Rebel Les Elémens
Kevin Volans Symphony: Daar Kom die Alibama (EIF commission, World Premiere)
Poulenc Concerto for two pianos
Bizet Symphony in C

Irish-based South African Kevin Volans achieved wide recognition when the Kronos
Quartet’s recording of his White Man Sleeps became a bestseller. Volans has
incorporated African folk song into his new work, Symphony: Daar Kom die Alibama,
commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and made possible by Donald

Virtuoso pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque bring their sharply contrasted yet highly
communicative style to Poulenc’s exciting Concerto for two pianos.

Bizet’s Symphony in C was written by the composer at the tender age of 17.
Brisk fanfares and rushing strings characterise this amazingly stylish work.

Having taken up his post as Principal Conductor with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in
2009, Robin Ticciati makes his Festival debut.

Robin Ticciati: ‘everything he touched turned into pure gold’ The Herald

Friday 27 August 7.30pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
2 hours approximately

With support from Donald and Louise MacDonald

Supported by Culture Ireland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles Conductor
Midori Violin
Stravinsky Concerto in E fl at ‘Dumbarton Oaks’
Bernstein Serenade
Dvořák Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’

Stravinsky’s baroque-inspired Dumbarton Oaks is a celebration of the music and culture
of New England, USA.

Virtuoso violinist Midori performs Bernstein’s Serenade which the composer himself
described as a ‘series of related statements in praise of love’.

Dvořák’s lyrical New World Symphony was intended to celebrate the fourth centenary of
Columbus’s ‘discovery’ of America.

Midori: ‘The superstar violinist has a quality that sets her apart’
The St Petersburg Times

Donald Runnicles: ‘a musical titan’ San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday 28 August 7.30pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 50 minutes approximately
Sydney Symphony Orchestra 01

Vladimir Ashkenazy Conductor
Dene Olding Violin
Elgar In the South
Ross Edwards Maninyas – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Peter Sculthorpe Memento Mori
Elgar Enigma Variations

The eminent Russian-born conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy brings Australia’s
premiere orchestra to Edinburgh for two Festival performances.

Two of Elgar’s most popular works sit alongside two modern works by Australian
composers Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards. In creating a sound world uniquely his
own, Ross Edwards took inspiration from his homeland’s natural environment when
writing Maninyas. Peter Sculthorpe’s Memento Mori was inspired by a visit to Easter
Island. Famous for its great stone heads and ancient history, the island is now in
environmental decline. Sculthorpe’s music reflects the varying influences humankind has
had on this iconic island.

Wednesday 1 September 7.30pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
2 hours approximately

Sponsored by ARUP

Sydney Symphony Orchestra 02

Vladimir Ashkenazy Conductor
Hélène Grimaud Piano
Sibelius Rakastava
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Matthew Hindson Energy
Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Sibelius’s Rakastava has an elegant beauty that evokes images of the Finnish
countryside. Composed in the late 1920s when he toured the USA, Ravel’s Piano
Concerto was heavily influenced by the emerging American art form, jazz. Hélène
Grimaud brings her formidable technique and finesse to this wonderfully melodic work.

Der Rosenkavalier is perhaps Strauss’s best loved opera. His Rosenkavalier Suite
begins with the opera’s orchestral prelude, depicting the night of passion (vividly
portrayed by whooping horns) between the two leading characters.

Hélène Grimaud: ‘immense musical skills’ Classic FM

Thursday 2 September 7.30pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 40 minutes approximately
Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä Conductor
Alisa Weilerstein Cello
Barber Music for a Scene from Shelley
Elgar Cello Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No 7

The Minnesota Orchestra ranks among America’s top symphonic ensembles. In 2003
Osmo Vänskä took over as musical director and has received high praise for his
musicality and leadership.

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was written in 1812 during the Napoleonic Wars and
plainly reflects the circumstances in which it was written. Dominated by monumentally
grand themes Beethoven’s so-called gigantic symphony is among his most
passionate and dramatic works.

Osmo Vänskä: ‘the most vivid Beethoven playing on the market’ The New Yorker
The Minnesota Orchestra: ‘an exhilarating performance’ The Scotsman

Sunday 29 August 7.30pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Supported by Dunard Fund USA

Mahler Symphony No 8

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Erin Wall Soprano
Hillevi Martinpelto Soprano
Nicole Cabell Soprano
Katarina Karnéus Mezzo soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Mezzo soprano
Simon O’Neill Tenor
Anthony Michaels-Moore Baritone
John Relyea Bass

With its vast orchestration and immense vocal forces, Mahler’s self-proclaimed
‘Symphony of a Thousand’ is an epic climax to the Festival’s 2010 Usher Hall
programme. Donald Runnicles leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a stellar
cast of soloists, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra Junior Chorus in Mahler’s heavenly Eighth Symphony.

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Saturday 4 September 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£40 £35 £28 £24 £20 £17 £12 £10
1 hour 40 minutes approximately

Sponsored by Lumison, The Internet at Work

Joyce DiDonato Mezzo soprano
David Zobel Piano

Joyce DiDonato is among the world’s most enchanting performers and the winner of
many honours including the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Award. Her thrilling debut
at the 2009 Festival wowed her audience. In this concert her performance includes
works by Pergolesi, Caccini and Leoncavallo alongside repertoire by
Beethoven and Rossini.

‘a fabulous powerhouse of a voice with incredible dynamic range and vocal colour’ The

‘dazzlingly virtuosic’ San Francisco Chronicle

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 14 September at 7.00pm

Sunday 22 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£32 £25 £20 £18 £14 £12.50 £10 £8
1 hour 40 minutes approximately

Susan Graham Mezzo soprano
Malcolm Martineau Piano

Now a firm Festival favourite, American mezzo soprano Susan Graham is one of the
world’s foremost opera and recital stars. Tonight she performs a sumptuous programme
of music by American composers alongside songs by Mozart and Mahler. An evening of
glorious vocal music-making.

‘creamy tone, smoothly controlled technique, keen artistic instincts.’ Baltimore Sun

‘ totally compelling’ The Wall Street Journal

‘at the peak of her powers.’ The Sunday Times

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 21 September at 7.00pm

Friday 3 September 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£32 £25 £20 £18 £14 £12.50 £10 £8
1 hour 40 minutes approximately

With support from Frank Hitchman
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Kronos Quartet

David Harrington Violin
John Sherba Violin
Hank Dutt Viola
Jeffrey Zeigler Cello

Aleksandra Vrebalov …hold me, neighbor, in this storm…
Steve Reich Different Trains
George Crumb Black Angels

With a fearless drive to expand the range and context of the string quartet, the Kronos
Quartet is one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of today. This is
chamber music on a grand scale – colourful, imaginative, provocative and sure to set
the expansive acoustic of the Usher Hall ablaze.

Steve Reich’s Different Trains, written for the Kronos Quartet, marked a new
compositional method in which speech recordings generate the musical material for the
instruments. …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… is inspired by folk and religious music
from Aleksandra Vrebalov’s native Serbia.

George Crumb’s Black Angels for electric string quartet is a vibrant
work described by the composer as ‘a kind of parable on our
troubled contemporary world’.

‘an extraordinary career of boundary-breaking discovery and innovation’
The New York Times

Saturday 21 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£32 £25 £20 £18 £14 £12.50 £10 £8
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Gunther Schuller Conductor
Tommy Smith Leader
Joe Lovano Saxophone

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra performs a programme of music from jazz
luminaries Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. You can also hear Gil
Evans’s arrangements of music from Porgy and Bess made famous in a recording by
legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis on which Gunther Schuller himself performed. One
of the cornerstones of contemporary Scottish jazz, Tommy Smith, leads the band and
Schuller conducts.

Joe Lovano joins the orchestra celebrating great, big band, jazz music: unexplored and
traditional; universal and native; emphatic and reflective, all played by the finest
musicians from Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene.

Joe Lovano: ‘It’s fair to say that he’s one of the greatest musicians in jazz history.’ The
New York Times
Tommy Smith: ‘brilliantly fl exible and gorgeously melodic’ The Herald

Thursday 26 August 8.00pm
Usher Hall
£32 £25 £20 £18 £14 £12.50 £10 £8
2 hours approximately
Sarah Connolly Mezzo soprano
John Horler Piano

Sarah Connolly, one of Britain’s greatest mezzo sopranos, started her career as a jazz
singer. Connolly returns to her roots in two concerts dedicated to British and American
song from the 1930s and 40s. Songs from Ivor Novello’s 1935 musical Glamorous Night
and Hoagy Carmichael’s 1942 Skylark are performed alongside hits by George

‘unrivalled: simply the best, most exciting, most galvanising performer
we have today’ The Independent
‘Connolly’s glorious singing would grace any stage in the world.’ The Sunday Times

Friday 20 & Saturday 21
August 9.30pm

John Etheridge Guitar
Sweet Chorus

John Etheridge brings his quartet Sweet Chorus, with Chris Garrick on violin, Dave
Kelbie on rhythm guitar and Andy Crowdy on double bass, to the Festival. They pay
homage to jazz legends guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli as
Etheridge worked with them both.

‘It is music that demands that you close your eyes and listen’ The Guardian

Friday 27 August 9.30pm

John Etheridge Guitar

In this solo concert Etheridge roams across Africa, Europe and America with music that
includes gypsy tunes, jazz riffs, metallic blues and his famed improvisations.

Saturday 28 August 9.30pm

James Crabb Accordion
George Vassilev Guitar
Pioneering classical accordionist James Crabb is one of the world’s leading exponents
of the instrument, performing as a soloist worldwide. He is joined for this concert by
classical guitarist George Vassilev. The sexy, seductive sounds of South America
resonate around The Hub with works by Argentinian composers Astor Piazzolla and
Tomas Gubitsch
and Brazilian Sergio Assad, specially arranged for accordion and guitar.

Sunday 29 August 9.30pm

James Crabb Accordion

A solo recital in which James Crabb performs works by US composers
John Zorn and Aaron Copland alongside the passionate music of
Astor Piazzolla.

‘He combines the energy and raunch of the café with the refinement
of the concert hall…’ Sydney Morning Herald

Monday 30 August 9.30pm

The Hub
Tickets £17.50
1 hour approximately
Treasures and Traditions at Greyfriars

Musicians and artists were among the first Europeans in Central and South America and
began a cultural colonization that was to last many centuries. From as early as the 15th
century, Europe’s finest composers found great and long lasting popularity in places
such as Mexico, Bolivia and Peru. As European musicians travelled the ‘New World’
they encountered new sounds and music and shared their artistry with local peoples.
Together they created new styles and traditions and huge bodies of work which are still
being unearthed and rediscovered today.

Festival 2010 offers a chance to hear works created by this extraordinary meeting of
cultures along with some of the earliest music to be exported and made famous halfway
across the globe.

Fiesta Criolla

Ensemble Elyma
Gabriel Garrido Director

This Greyfriars series begins with a grand and colourful representation of a baroque
festival for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Exploring the late 18th century works of
Roque Jacinto de Chavarría the programme for chorus, singers and instrumentalists
blends ceremonial and religious music with folk songs and dances.

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 19 September at 1.00pm

Monday 16 August 5.45pm

The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips Director

The Tallis Scholars perform a programme of choral music by Spanish renaissance
composers Cristóbal de Morales and Francisco Guerrero, whose music became popular
in the cathedrals of Latin America.

Tuesday 17 August 5.45pm

Sacred Music from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro
Ensemble Le Sans-Pareil
Bruno Procopio Director

Director Bruno Procopio, with his choir and instrumental ensemble, takes a musical
journey from Portugal to Brazil. The concert includes the extraordinary requiem by 19th
century native Brazilian composer José Maurício Nunes Garcia and Haydn’s Missa
Brevis written in honour of the Portuguese friar Saint João Cidade, St John of God.

Wednesday 18 August 5.45pm

Bolivian Baroque

Ashley Solomon Director
Katia Escalera Soprano
Gian-Carla Tisera Soprano
Karina Troiano Mezzo soprano
Henry Villca Tenor

Florilegium, one of Britain’s foremost baroque ensembles, is joined by a quartet of young
Bolivian singers in music recently unearthed from the Christian missions of Chiquitos
and Moxos Indians in eastern Bolivia.

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 18 September at 1.00pm

Thursday 19 August 5.45pm
The Sixteen

Harry Christophers Director

A concert of music by Tomás Luis de Victoria and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, two great
renaissance composers from Spain. Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla travelled throughout Latin
America before becoming Maestro de Capilla, in charge of music at Puebla Cathedral,

Friday 20 August 5.45pm

Latin American Vespers

Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore Director

The choir and instrumentalists of early music specialists Ex Cathedra present a
programme following the structure of the Vespers Service with baroque and renaissance
music from Mexico, Bolivia and Peru.

Monday 23 August 5.45pm

Music of Fire and Air
La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall Director

Jordi Savall and his vocal and instrumental ensembles return to the Festival with the
music of fire and air; a celebration of over 200 years of musical meeting points between
ancient Iberia and the ‘New World’ from the 16th century onward.

Tuesday 24 August 5.45pm

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Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Clark Rundell Conductor

Korngold Kings Row (extracts)
Bernstein On the Waterfront (extracts)
Herrmann Marnie (extracts)
Waxman Taras Bulba (extracts)

Classical composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman
all left Europe to follow careers in America where they found fame as pioneers of a new
artform – film music. Leonard Bernstein, later famous for his musical West Side Story,
was the composer behind the film score for Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront.

Join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a spectacular evening of American film music
with carefully choreographed pyrotechnics for a rousing finale to the 2010 Festival.
Hollywood offers up a perfect opportunity for the masters of fireworks design, Pyrovision,
to paint the Edinburgh skyline in cinematic style.

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Sunday 5 September 9.00pm
Princes Street Gardens
£26 (Ross Theatre seated) £11 (Gardens)
45 minutes approximately
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The Queen’s Hall Series

The Festival’s series of recitals at The Queen’s Hall offers you the chance to start your
day by immersing yourself in music – from Monteverdi to Oscar Peterson through to
Beethoven, Dvořák and Ives. Some of the world’s finest artists and ensembles perform
music from contemporary American, South American and Australasian composers
juxtaposed with well loved works from the European masters.

The Queen’s Hall Series is supported by Edinburgh International Festival Benefactors


Jonathan Biss Piano

Kirchner Five Pieces
Schumann Kreisleriana
Mozart Adagio in B minor
Beethoven Piano Sonata in F minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’

Young American pianist Jonathan Biss opens The Queen’s Hall Series with Leon
Kirchner’s Five Pieces, which began life as songs set to poems by Emily Dickinson
before becoming lyrical piano works. Schumann’s Kreisleriana was inspired by a
character from Tales of Hoffmann.

Mozart’s tender and expressive Adagio is followed by Beethoven’s fiery and violent
Appassionata, pitting man against nature and offering a tempestuous finale to the

‘ no ordinary pianist... an exceptional talent, plays with a selfless maturity that is
exceptional.’ BBC Music Magazine

‘completely natural, innately musical, tightly controlled and deeply felt.’ BBC Music

‘proclaims his Mozartian credentials in scintillating, beautifully proportioned
performances’ The Daily Telegraph

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 24 August at 1.00pm

Saturday 14 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately
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Supported by The Inches Carr Trust
Magdalena Kožená
Mezzo soprano
Private Musicke

Love Letters

With a dazzling voice, captivating presence and rare musical intelligence, Magdalena
Kožená excels at interpreting the repertoire of early music and opera. This intimate
recital with viol ensemble Private Musicke features music by Italian and Spanish
composers, including d’India, Caccini and de Ribayaz, who paved the way for

‘a great communicator, with strong dramatic instincts and a distinctive
mezzo voice.’ The Times

‘voice of exquisite beauty’ Opera

‘beguiles and enchants throughout… combines radiant purity with burnished intensity’
BBC Music Magazine

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 25 August at 1.00pm

Monday 16 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

With support from Jim and Isobel Stretton

Melvyn Tan Piano
Škampa Quartet

Mozart Piano Concerto No 11 in F K413
Janáček String Quartet No 2 ‘Intimate Letters’
Chopin Piano Concerto No 2

Written by Mozart and Chopin when both were in their early twenties, these piano
concertos remain popular to this day. The rarely performed versions for string quartet
and piano are played alongside Janáček’s. Second String Quartet, nicknamed Intimate
Letters, inspired by his private correspondence with a close friend.

‘Few standing ovations have ever been so richly deserved’ The Guardian

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 26 August at 1.00pm

Tuesday 17 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately
Trio Zimmermann

Beethoven String Trios Op 9 Nos 1, 2 and 3

Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, who last thrilled Festival audiences as a soloist with
the Berlin Philharmonic in 2006, is joined by viola player Antoine Tamestit and cellist
Christian Poltéra for the Festival debut of Trio Zimmermann.

Beethoven’s Opus 9 String Trios are strikingly original and, as early works, revealed his
distinctive musical personality. Considered fully fledged masterpieces, they set new
standards in the genre and prepared the ground for his subsequent composition of string
quartets and symphonies.

‘vigorous and lively interplay, breathtaking’ Kieler Nachrichten

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Friday 27 August at 1.00pm

Wednesday 18 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Edicson Ruiz Double bass
Sergio Tiempo Piano

Programme to include:
works by Gabrielli, Carter, Holliger and Kurtág for solo double bass,
Chopin’s Piano Sonata No 2 and South American works for double
bass and piano

Just 25 years old, Edicson Ruiz is establishing his credentials as a master of the double
bass. Born in Caracas and a graduate of the Venezuelan El Sistema scheme, at just 17
Ruiz became the first Latin American, and youngest-ever, member of the Berlin
Philharmonic Orchestra. Teaming up with Argentine-Venezuelan Sergio Tiempo, he will
have The Queen’s Hall moving to the South American rhythms of Ginastera and

Thursday 19 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

With support from Mr and Mrs James Anderson
Pavel Haas Quartet

Haydn String Quartet in D minor Op 76 No 2
Dvořák String Quartet in F Op 96 ‘American’
Dvořák String Quartet in G Op 106

The Pavel Haas Quartet’s performance at Festival 2008 was one of that year’s highlights
which both excited audiences and garnered critical acclaim. This year it returns with a
programme which includes Dvořák’s American Quartet, written in Iowa at the same time
as he composed the New World Symphony.

‘this is one of the most polished and musically exciting young
string quartets in the world today.’ The Washington Post

‘ a riveting performance, loaded with flamboyance, passion
and uncommon intimacy.’ The Scotsman, Festival 08

Friday 20 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Christianne Stotijn
Mezzo soprano
Joseph Breinl Piano

Programme to include:

Strauss Das Rosenband op.36.1
Strauss Ständchen op.17.2
Strauss Ruhe meine Seele op. 27.1
Schoenberg Das Buch der hängenden Gärten

Sensational mezzo soprano Christianne Stotijn graduated from the BBC’s New
Generation Artists scheme and has gone on to establish herself as one of the most
exciting and sought after singers of her generation. 2010 sees her Festival debut with
regular collaborator Joseph Breinl.

The Book of the Hanging Gardens marks Schoenberg’s move from tonal tradition to
harmonies commonly associated with the expressionist movement.

Brahms’s late Four Serious Songs are all, to some extent, meditations on death. They
are most probably memorials to close friends.

‘a class apart; she stamps every note and word with character, and delivers her songs
with a lyrical glow’ The Times

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 31 August at 1.00pm
Saturday 21 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately
Simon Keenlyside Baritone
Malcolm Martineau Piano

Ned Rorem Selected songs
Butterworth Six songs from A Shropshire Lad
Bredon Hill and other songs
Schumann Dichterliebe

Time Magazine called Ned Rorem ‘the world’s best composer of art songs’. The winner
of a Pulitzer Prize, he ranks as one of America’s most honoured composers and has a
catalogue of over 500 songs and cycles.

In a tragic irony, Butterworth, who set A E Housman’s poems reflecting on the second
Boer War, was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Dichterliebe is one of Schumann’s most admired works. Settings of poems by Heinrich
Heine, it traces a bitter journey of unrequited love.

‘one of the peerless singer-actors of our generation… heart-stoppingly lyrical as well as
forceful’ The Guardian

‘ a quite outstanding performance of Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad…carried the scent
and the bloom of spring in the voice.’ The Times

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 1 September at 1.00pm

Monday 23 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Pavel Haas Quartet

Britten         Three Divertimenti
Haas            String Quartet No 2 ‘From the Monkey Mountains’
Beethoven       String Quartet in F Op 59 No 1

The second string quartet by Pavel Haas From the Monkey Mountains takes its title from
a nickname for the Czech highlands. Deeply influenced by Haas’s mentor and teacher,
Leoš Janáček, the work depicts the atmosphere and landscapes of his homeland.

Britten’s youthful Divertimenti and the first of Beethoven’s great Razumovsky quartets
demonstrate this youthful quartet’s immense versatility and virtuosity.
Tuesday 24 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
Tickets £27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hours 45 minutes approximately

‘a unique mix of impeccable technique and warm, interactive ensemble playing.’ The
Gerald Finley Baritone
Julius Drake Piano

Described as a baritone with a voice of ‘easy luxury’ by The New York Times, Canadian
Gerald Finley performs an entertaining selection of music from Europe and the United
States accompanied by pianist Julius Drake.

Schumann found great inspiration in the poetry of Heinrich Heine and Finley performs a
selection of the composer’s settings including two of his finest ballads Belshazzar and
The Two Grenadiers. Finley and Drake also perform Ravel’s humorous Histoires
naturelles, songs by Barber including Solitary Hotel, a setting of text from Ulysses
in a fast tango style, and songs by Ives including the swashbuckling Slugging a Vampire.

‘A tremendous performance’ The Independent
‘an impulsive ardour I’ve never heard equaled’ Gramophone Magazine
‘intelligent and gripping, and sings with a tone that has never sounded more luxurious.’
Classic FM Magazine

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Friday 3 September at 1.00pm

Wednesday 25 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Midori Violin
Ozgur Aydin Piano

Beethoven Violin Sonata in A minor Op 23
Bloch Violin Sonata No 2 ‘Poème mystique’
Mario Davidovsky Duo Capriccioso
Brahms Violin Sonata No 3 in D Minor Op 108

Midori makes her Festival debut with a programme which juxtaposes two well known
violin sonatas with two 20th century works. Bloch described his Second Violin Sonata,
composed while he was in America, as portraying the world as it should be. Davidovsky
is an Argentine- American composer whose Duo Capriccioso is a delightful dialogue
between violin and piano.

‘a performance of such transcendent power and grace that the thrilled audience gave
her that rare thing, a genuine, heartfelt standing ovation in the middle of a recital.’ The
Globe and Mail

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 7 September at 1.00pm

Thursday 26 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately
Nash Ensemble

Bartók Contrasts
Gershwin Lullaby for string quartet
Copland Sextet
Dvořák String Quintet in E fl at Op 97 ‘American’

Jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman commissioned Bartók’s only chamber piece to include
his instrument. Originally played by Bartók, Goodman and violinist József Szigeti,
Contrasts explores jazz and the differences in timbre between the instruments.

The manuscript for Lullaby lay on Ira Gershwin’s shelf for many years until harmonica
virtuoso Larry Adler transcribed it for harmonica and string quartet and presented it at
the Edinburgh International Festival in 1963. The work was premiered in its original form,
for string quartet, in 1967.

Notorious for its wicked technical challenges, Copland’s Sextet is imbued with his
enthusiasm for jazz rhythms as well as the popular rhythms of the Charleston and
Mexican dance.

Spillville, Iowa, is home to an old Czech community where Dvořák spent happy times
escaping from New York. Here he composed his famous American works including this
Quintet nicknamed American.

‘a chamber group beyond compare’ The Independent
‘one of the finest chamber music concerts of the season’ The Washington Post

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 8 September at 1.00pm

Friday 27 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Llŷr Williams Piano
Juliette Bausor Flute
Jane Atkins Viola

Beethoven Piano Sonata in E fl at Op 27 No 1
Ives Piano Sonata No 2 ‘Concord’

Ives’s Concord Sonata is named after a New England town where a remarkable group of
inventors, philosophers, poets and writers lived and worked in the middle of the 19th
century. In the Concord Sonata Beethoven’s influence on Ives is clear. Beethoven’s
Sonata reflects his own personal turmoil in the early 1800s.

‘one of the truly great musicians of our time’ The Times

‘Technical brilliance was there in abundance… more impressive still was the sheer
range of expression and the individuality of the performance’ The Herald
Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 9 September at 1.00pm

Saturday 28 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

With support from Joscelyn Fox
Joan Rodgers Soprano
Roderick Williams Baritone
Roger Vignoles Piano

Programme to include:
Richard Mills Songlines of the Heart’s Desire
Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch (selection)
and songs by Schumann and Brahms

Acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams and star of the opera stage and concert platform
Joan Rodgers perform a programme of duets and solo songs accompanied by Roger

In his cycle Songlines of the Heart’s Desire, Australian composer Richard Mills has set
stories telling of journeys of hearts and minds, by poets from across time and around the
world – an anonymous 4th century Chinese poet, Bengali Rabindranath Tagore,
American Kenneth Patchen, French-Tunisian Amina Said and Australians
John Shaw Neilson and Judith Wright.

Songlines of the Heart’s Desire: ‘exceptional... a major lyrical song cycle of great beauty
about love suspended within a timeless now.’ The Age

Monday 30 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

Steven Osborne Piano

Joplin Maple Leaf Rag
Gershwin Three Preludes
Ives Three-page Sonata
George Crumb Processional
Steven Osborne Improvisation
Nikolai Kapustin Five Preludes
Peterson Indiana
Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op 42

Opening with one of Scott Joplin’s most famous pieces, Maple Leaf Rag, through
Gershwin’s jazzy, syncopated Three Preludes, his own improvisation and Oscar
Peterson’s speedy fi ngered Indiana into Ravel’s waltzes and Rachmaninov’s Variations
on a Theme of Corelli, Steven Osborne performs one of the most eclectic programmes
at this year’s Festival.

‘You could have heard a pin drop. Steven Osborne’s power over the hall was absolute’
The Daily Telegraph

‘There was another jazz improvisation by way of encore… a remarkable demonstration
of both pianism and musicianship at their very best.’ The Guardian

Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Friday 10 September at 1.00pm

Tuesday 31 August 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately
Ars Nova Copenhagen
Paul Hillier

David Lang For love is strong
Steve Reich Know what is above you
Lou Harrison Mass for St Cecilia’s Day
Terry Riley Chorus 193 from the Mexico City Blues of Jack Kerouac
Jack Body Lullabies
Ross Edwards Sacred Kingfisher Psalms (EIF co-commission, UK Premiere)

A who’s who of influential contemporary American composers alongside young
Australasians Ross Edwards and Jack Body makes for a distinctive and exciting choral

Ross Edwards’s Sacred Kingfisher Psalms is a co-commission between the Edinburgh
International Festival, Canberra International Music Festival and Ars Nova Copenhagen.
Drawing on Aboriginal bird names and Latin versions of Psalms 1 and 130, he brings
together two texts with a common sense of the signifi cance of place and a strong
connection to the earth.

David Lang’s For love is strong explores the metaphors and similes in Song of Songs
and takes its title from the line ‘for love is strong as death’. Terry Riley, renowned for
being a pioneer of the minimalist movement, muses on Jack Kerouac’s poem Buddhist
Jamming Mexico City Blues.

Steve Reich takes his inspiration from The Mishna, a popular text in Judaism dealing
with ethics. Lou Harrison’s Mass for St Cecilia’s Day fuses Western and Asian cultures
in a percussive work for male voices. New Zealander Jack Body’s Lullabies were
inspired in part by the vocal music of China’s minority cultures.

Wednesday 1 September 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Tokyo Quartet

David Watkin Cello

Debussy String Quartet
Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet No 18
(EIF co-commission, European Premiere)
Schubert String Quintet in C
Debussy’s only string quartet shows the influences of César Franck, Borodin and
Javanese gamelan music.

Peter Sculthorpe was commissioned to write a new work by the Edinburgh International
Festival and his String Quartet No 18 receives its European Premiere in this concert.

Schubert’s String Quintet is considered a high point of the chamber music repertoire; its
beautiful, plaintive second movement is widely familiar.

‘a well-honed package. The purity of the ensemble is paramount.’ The Scotsman

‘The Tokyo quartet’s playing has rare beauty of tone. It all sounds gorgeous; every
single radiant last note of it’ The Herald

‘a passionate, richly toned discussion among intelligent, charismatic equals... exemplary’
The New York Times

Thursday 2 September 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately
Duo Sol

Korngold Much Ado About Nothing Suite: Garden Scene
Beethoven Violin Sonata in A minor Op 47 ‘Kreutzer’
Piazzolla Le Grand Tango
Ross Edwards Exile
John Adams Road Movies
Matthew Hindson Little Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy

Duo Sol brings a flamboyant programme of music from the new world together with
Beethoven’s dazzling Kreutzer Sonata.

One of Hollywood’s leading film composers, Korngold was just 20 when he wrote
incidental music for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Piazzolla’s Le Grand
Tango is a vital tango alternately languorous and impassioned.

Australian composers Ross Edwards and Matthew Hindson show very different
influences and ambitions, reconnecting music with ritual, spontaneity and the impulse to
dance and exploring elements of techno and death-metal styles respectively. John
Adams’s Road Movies travels through three movements: Relaxed Groove, Meditative
and 40% Swing.

Friday 3 September 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

Simón Bolívar String Quartet

Bach Contrapunctus 1 from The Art of Fugue
Shostakovich String Quartet No 8
Javier Alvarez Metro Chabacano
Brahms String Quartet in A minor Op 51 No 2

Young, talented and passionate the musicians of the Quartet, Alejandro Carreño,
Eduardo Salazar, Ismel Campos and Aimon Mata are also associated with the Simón
Bolívar Youth Orchestra and the Venezuelan music project El Sistema.

In the final concert of The Queen’s Hall Series the Simón Bolívar String Quartet
performs a programme featuring music from South America alongside works by Bach,
Brahms and Shostakovich. This concert promises to finish the Festival on a high.
‘nothing less than a miracle... From here, I see the future of music for the whole world. I
see this programme not only as a question of art, but deep down as a social initiative. It
has saved many lives, and will continue to save them.’
Sir Simon Rattle describes El Sistema

Saturday 4 September 11.00am
The Queen’s Hall
£27 £25 £20 £17 £10 £7
1 hour 45 minutes approximately

Supported by The Peter Diamand Trust

Explorations, presented in association with the British Council, is a series of talks and
panel discussions that parallel the artistic explorations undertaken by performers and
artists in the Festival programme. An international array of academics, cultural
commentators and Festival artists come together offering a fascinating opportunity
to exchange ideas and understanding on quests from the past and journeys into the

What do we mean by ‘Postcolonial Art’?
Professor Robert J.C. Young explores the cultural legacy of colonialism and beyond.

Do postcolonial writers and artists have a distinct perspective?
What is the meaning of ‘postcolonial’ for the arts?

Robert J.C. Young is Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at
New York University. A theorist, cultural critic and historian, his subjects include
postcolonial literatures and cultures, the history of colonialism and anti-colonialism and
cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Saturday 14 August 2.30pm

Creative Innovation
Written by artists considered innovators in their time, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also
Rises and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess are the Festival productions the panel
examines in a discussion on how innovative artists can infl uence and even change
artforms. William Eddins, conductor of Opéra de Lyon’s Festival production, John
Collins, Elevator Repair Service’s Artistic Director, are joined by Professor Agustín
Fernández from the University of Newcastle to explore this intriguing subject.

Sunday 15 August 2.30pm

The Exiled Voice
Samoan Choreographer Lemi Ponifasio, academic and poet from Queen Mary
University, London Omar García-Obregón and Art History specialist at the Victoria
University of Wellington, Peter Brunt, consider the voice of exclusion and exile in the
New World.

Political activist Lemi Ponifasio whose deeply challenging and thoughtful work gives
voice to silenced communities is joined by Cuban human rights activist Omar García-
Obregón, a poet whose writings speak about exile and Dr Peter Brunt, an academic
whose interest lies in cross-cultural art in the Pacific Rim.

Wednesday 18 August 2.30pm
Pacific Solutions: new archipelagos in an ocean of thought
What happens to people when they colonise others? What happens to those who are
colonised? They may occupy the same territories but their stories are sharply,
sometimes tragically, different. Professor Paul Carter, interdisciplinary scholar at the
University of Melbourne, talks about living in a culture not your own and its implications
for one’s sense of place and belonging.

Sunday 22 August 2.30pm
The Darien Venture
Playwright and journalist Alistair Beaton joins Tom Devine, Professor of Scottish History,
University of Edinburgh and economist Dr Gary Shea, University of St Andrews, to
discuss Scotland’s failed foray into colonialism.

Tuesday 24 August 2.30pm

Global perspectives and empathy
American choreographer Alonzo King, whose work is renowned for its global perspective
and a strong social conscience, talks with academic Roman Krznaric and Judith
Robertson, Director of Oxfam Scotland, about empathy, change and new global

Saturday 28 August 2.30pm

New voices from the landscape
Professor Catherine Boyle, King’s College London, Dr Fiona Mackintosh, University of
Edinburgh and Chilean based writer Odette Magnet explore the cultural landscape of
South America.

Scholar in South American theatre Professor Boyle and Latin American literature
specialist Dr Mackintosh join journalist and author Odette Magnet to discuss the new
cultural expression in South American theatre and literature. As part of their discussion
they look at the contribution of female writers and artists.

Sunday 29 August 2.30pm

A Scotsman’s legacy to Australasia
Lachlan Macquarie, 5th Governor of New South Wales (1810 – 1821)

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, 37th Governor of New South Wales, explores
Scot Lachlan Macquarie’s contribution to Australia, in the company of one of his
descendants, Ken MacQuarrie, Controller, BBC Scotland.

Tuesday 31 August 2.30pm

Reflecting silenced narratives
Director of Diciembre, Guillermo Calderón, novelist Susan Elderkin and Neil Armfield,
director of Opera Australia’s production of Bliss, discuss how lost narratives surface in
artistic expression.
Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón, is joined by Susan Elderkin, author of The
Voices, a novel set in the Australian outback and featuring aboriginal culture, and Neil
Armfield, fresh from his experience of directing the operatic adaptation of Peter Carey’s
award-winning novel.

Friday 3 September 2.30pm

The Hub
Tickets £6.50
1 hour approximately

In association with the British Council


Prominent Mexican director Claudio Valdés Kuri talks about his experience of directing
an 18th century European opera based on the story of the Aztec Emperor.

Monday 16 August 5.00pm

Elevator Repair Service

John Collins and his company, specialists in adapting 20th century American literature
for the stage, talk about the world premiere of their production of Ernest Hemingway’s
The Sun Also Rises.

Tuesday 17 August 5.00pm

Joyce DiDonato

The American mezzo soprano talks about her sparkling international career.

Wednesday 18 August 5.00pm

Grupo Corpo

Founders of Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo, Rodrigo and Paulo
Pederneiras, discuss their beliefs and inspirations.

Friday 20 August 5.00pm

The Kronos Quartet

David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Jeffrey Zeigler talk about the singular
artistic vision of the Kronos Quartet.

Saturday 21 August 12 noon

The Wooster Group

For over thirty years they have been reinventing theatre. Elizabeth LeCompte and
members of The Wooster Group discuss their latest work.

Monday 23 August 2.30pm
The Sixteen

One of the world’s greatest proponents of early European music, Harry Christophers and
members of his ensemble invite us to join them in a conversation about their work.

Tuesday 24 August 12 noon


Writer Alistair Beaton and director Anthony Neilson talk about the extraordinary story of
the Darien scheme, Scotland’s ill fated Central American colony, and its relevance

Tuesday 24 August 5.00pm


A rare opportunity as Midori joins us to talk about what, from a very early age, has been
a remarkable international career.

Wednesday 25 August 5.00pm

Meredith Monk

Iconic American artist Meredith Monk shares her distinctive philosophies on life.

Thursday 26 August 5.00pm

Gunther Schuller

Pulitzer Prize winning composer Gunther Schuller shares his experiences from a most
remarkable and fascinating musical career that ranges from the orchestral platform to
the jazz club.

Friday 27 August 5.00pm

Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Choreographer Alonzo King, a distinctive voice in dance, talks about how he embraces
a global perspective on stage.

Sunday 29 August 5.00pm

Teatro Cinema

Director Dauno Tótoro and film director Juan Carlos Zagal of Chilean ensemble Teatro
Cinema talk about their remarkable fusion of artforms.

Tuesday 31 August 5.00pm

Susan Graham

Grammy award-winning mezzo soprano Susan Graham talks about how she is equally
at home on the concert stage and in the recording studio.

Thursday 2 September 5.00pm

Teatro en el Blanco

Writer and director Guillermo Calderón is joined by his cast Jorge Becker, Trinidad
Jansana, Paula Zúñiga, to talk about their bitter comic production, Diciembre.

Friday 3 September 5.00pm

Paco Peña

Master of flamenco style and virtuoso guitarist Paco Peña talks about creating a new
production for the Festival.

Saturday 4 September 2.30pm

The Hub
Tickets £6.50
1 hour approximately

Supported by Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust
Behind the Scenes

These works-in-progress offer a glimpse behind the creative processes involved in
taking an idea from page to stage and an opportunity to witness the beginning of new
works. Each of these companies and artists was awarded the Edinburgh International
Festival Fringe Prize in either 2008 or 2009 in order to develop new ideas or directions.

Three New Ideas
A presentation by David Leddy

From a science fiction string quartet on a sleepover to a Russian structuralist analysis
of fairy tales, from Buddhist meditations on loving kindness to a Palestinian bordello in
1970 – David Leddy takes you on a journey through new ideas. In a lecture
demonstration, with actors performing key scenes, this workshop showcases the
trademark eclecticism of this Scottish writer and director.

Tuesday 17 August 2.30pm
1 hour 30 minutes approximately

The Mass
Observation Project
Inspector Sands

In 1937, a wide ranging project called ‘Mass Observation’ was set up by the UK
Government. It investigated ‘the science of the everyday’ by observing and recording the
lives of ordinary people in Britain, down to the very last detail. In 2010, this
research continues. With bold and evocative lighting and sound, young London based
theatre company, Inspector Sands, draws on this rich archive to offer the first glimpse of
an ambitious new project.

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 August 2.30pm
40 minutes approximately

Little Matter
The River People
The River People has developed a distinct style of theatre with puppetry, folk storytelling
and live music. Little Matter, a performance work-in-progress, explores an individual’s
place in the universe and the search for the self. This unique take on the meaning of life
combines the influences of mythology, quantum physics and William Blake.

Sunday 22 & Monday 23 August 5.00pm & 6.30pm
30 minutes approximately
Belt Up Theatre
This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s chilling tale emerges from the Victorian obsession with
the occult. A daring re-imagining of a classic and a bold investigation into the concept of
storytelling with the added bite of shoddy commercial showmanship. Belt Up Theatre’s
practice explores the possibilities of immersive theatre.

Wednesday 25 August 2.30pm
Thursday 26 August 12 noon & 2.30pm
1 hour 15 minutes approximately

The Hub
Tickets £6.50

Steven Osborne on Improvisation

International classical pianist Steven Osborne performs with the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra in Festival 2010. In this lecture demonstration Steven explores the relevance
of improvisation to classical musicians.

Monday 16 August 2.30pm
1 hour approximately

Zakir Hussain
Master of the Tabla

One of the world leading tabla players, Zakir Hussain appears with Alonzo King Lines
Ballet in Festival 2010. In this lecture demonstration Zakir offers rare insights into the
music and culture of this iconic instrument.

Friday 27 August 2.30pm
1 hour approximately

The Hub
Tickets £6.50

New Worlds
New Horizons

Education and Outreach
The Festival’s education and outreach programme explores the extraordinary cultural
diversity of performers and ideas in Festival 2010. Very different cultural landscapes,
belief systems and artforms from throughout the ‘New World’ inspire the work we do
with schools and colleges across Edinburgh and offer young people new horizons. Over
1,000 young people will take part in workshops and projects this year and the exhibitions
and installations in The Hub throughout August are the result of their own, personal,
Festival experiences.
The Festival also runs vocational development programmes in the arts. Visit

Sharing the Festival

Every year we aim to introduce Festival performers to wider and more diverse

This year, in addition to their performance in The Queen’s Hall Series, musicians of the
Simón Bolívar String Quartet will spend several days taking part in workshops at The
Hub with children and young people from throughout Scotland.

Supported by Pinsent Masons
Festival City

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Wednesday 17 March
Priority booking opens for Festival Benefactors, Patrons and Friends by fax, post and

Saturday 27 March
Public booking opens by telephone, post, in person and online.

Hub Tickets Opening Hours
Saturday 27 March – Thursday 29 July
Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Friday 30 July – Saturday 4 September
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Sunday 10.00am to 7.30pm
Sunday 5 September 1.00pm to 6.00pm

Buy your tickets at our venues
You can buy tickets for any Festival events from the Edinburgh Playhouse and The
Queen’s Hall from Monday 29 March and from the Usher Hall, Festival Theatre,
Edinburgh and the Royal Lyceum Theatre from Friday 30 April.
The King’s Theatre and Greyfriars Kirk box offices open an hour before the performance.

Ticket Collection
We can post your tickets to you or you can collect them from the venue from one hour
before the performance. You can collect your tickets from Hub Tickets until lunchtime on
the day of the performance and until the evening before for morning and afternoon

Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert
Due to the popularity of this event we have the following special arrangements.

Ross Theatre (seated) £26 on sale with all other Festival tickets.

Princes Street Gardens (standing) £11 on sale in three ways.

Postal Ballot – send an application (limited to six per customer) with card details or a
cheque, payable to Hub Tickets, include a stamped addressed envelope (or add 60p for
postage) and send to – Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE. Your
ballot application should be separate from other bookings and the closing date is
Monday 24 May.
Online – more tickets released for sale at 11.00am on Monday 26 July (limited to four
per customer) at eif.co.uk

In person – final tickets on sale only at The Hub (limited to four per customer) from
10.00am on Sunday 29 August.

Access Information and Discounts
The Edinburgh International Festival welcomes disabled visitors. An Access Guide with
full details of all facilities for disabled visitors is available on request and both the Access
Guide and the Festival brochure are available in Braille, audio and large print formats.
Wheelchair users, people with severe mobility difficulties or with visual or hearing
impairment will be sold seats/spaces at £10 in the area of the venue most appropriate to
their needs (dress circle normally excluded). This discount also applies to a companion.
For more information or to claim an access discount please call the Access line +44
(0)131 473 2089 or email access@eif.co.uk To enable us to determine your
requirements and assist you fully we are unable to offer this service through our online
booking process.

British Sign Language Interpreted Performance
Porgy and Bess (page 6) Tuesday 17 August 7.15pm
Caledonia (page 29) Wednesday 25 August 7.30pm

Audio Described Performances
The Sun Also Rises (page 24) Monday 16 August 7.30pm
Porgy and Bess (page 6) Tuesday 17 August 7.15pm
Vieux Carré (page 25) Tuesday 24 August 7.30pm
Água (page 20) Sunday 29 August 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance with Touch Tour
Caledonia (page 29) Wednesday 25 August
Touch Tour 6.30pm Performance 7.30pm

Captioned Performance
Caledonia (page 29) Tuesday 24 August 7.30pm

Performances with English Supertitles
Montezuma (page 8) Bliss (page 12) Sin Sangre (page 30)
The Man Who Fed Butterflies (page 31) Diciembre (page 33)
Discounts and Ticket Prices

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Ticket Discounts
Young People and Students – Half Price Now
Young people can buy any ticket at 50% off on selected performances when booking
opens on Saturday 27 March. All young people under the age of 18 and all students in
full time education.

Standby – Half Price from Wednesday 4 August
50% off all tickets for senior citizens, unemployed people, Young Scot, Equity and MU
card holders from 4 August.

Are you under 26? Tickets for only £8 on the day
Pay only £8 on the day for selected performances. Available to everyone 26 years old
and under. Proof of age is required and you have to buy them in person.

Group Bookings
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– 10% discount on Festival tickets for selected performances
– The opportunity to make flexible ticket reservations
– Dedicated Group Sales Staff to assist you with your ticket order
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Ticket Prices

The Queen’s Hall
Centre stalls £27 Rear centre stalls £25 Side stalls £20 £17
Centre gallery £25 Side gallery £20 Limited view £10† No view seats £7†

The Hub
Explorations, Conversations, Behind the Scenes £6.50
Sarah Connolly, John Etheridge, James Crabb £17.50
Greyfriars Kirk
All seats £17.50

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Porgy and Bess, Bliss Dress Circle £64 £56 £40 £36 £14†
Centre Stalls £56 £50 Front/side stalls £40 £26 Rear stalls £36* £26*
Upper circle £40 £36 £26 £14
Grupo Corpo, Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dress Circle £28.50
£26 £18 £10† Centre stalls £28.50 £26 Front/side stalls £18 £15
Rear stalls £20 £15
The Edinburgh Playhouse
The Tempest, Birds with Skymirrors, Água, Paco Peña
Grand Circle £28.50 £26 £20 £16 Stalls £26 £22 £16 £12 £10 £8
The Gospel at Colonus Grand Circle £30 £25 £15 £10
Stalls £30 £25 £18 £15 £10 £8

King’s Theatre
Montezuma Grand Circle £35 £28 £12† Stalls £35 £28 £25 £20
Upper Circle £18 £12
Caledonia Grand Circle £27 £24 £18† Stalls £27 £22 £18 £12
Upper Circle £18 £12
Sin Sangre, The Man Who Fed Butterfl ies Grand Circle £27 £24
£18 £12† Stalls £27 £22 £18 £12

Royal Lyceum Theatre
The Sun Also Rises, Songs of Ascension, Diciembre
Grand Circle £27 £24 £16 £10† Stalls £27 £24 £18* £10†
Stalls boxes £18 Upper circle £18 £16 £10
Vieux Carré Grand Circle £27 £24 £16 £10† Stalls £27 £24 £18 £10†
Stalls boxes £18

Usher Hall
The Opening Concert (no OG) Circle £46 £42 £33 Stalls £46 £39
£33 £18 Upper circle £20 £18 £12.50 £10
Kronos Quartet (no OG), Joyce DiDonato, Scottish National Jazz
Orchestra (no OG), Susan Graham
Circle £32 £25 £14 Stalls £32 £25 £20 £18 Upper circle £18 £14 £12.50
£10 £8 Organ gallery £10 (please note not available 21, 26 August)
Rhapsodies in Red, White and Blue (no OG), Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Russian National
Orchestra, Idomeneo (no OG), La fanciulla del West (no OG),
The Indian Queen, L’heure espagnole (no OG), Scottish Chamber
Orchestra, BBC SSO, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra (31 August no OG), Sydney Symphony Orchestra,
Mahler Symphony No 8 (no OG)
Circle £40 £35 £17 Stalls £40 £35 £28 £24 £17 Upper circle £20 £17
£12 £10 Organ gallery (OG) £12

Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert
Ross Theatre seated £26, Princes Street Gardens standing £11
* Supertitles not visible from these seats
† 60 seats or fewer please give an alternative where possible
OG Organ Gallery
Listings by Venue

The Queen’s Hall
Clerk Street
Access facilities include ramped access, accessible toilets, induction loop, infra red
system, wheelchair spaces in auditorium, accessible catering/bar
Sat 14 August           11.00am Jonathan Biss
Mon 16 August           11.00am Magdalena Kožená, Private Musique
Tue 17 August           11.00am Škampa Quartet, Melvyn Tan
Wed 18 August           11.00am Trio Zimmermann
Thu 19 August           11.00am Edicson Ruiz, Sergio Tiempo
Fri 20 August           11.00am Pavel Haas Quartet
Sat 21 August           11.00am Christianne Stotijn, Joseph Breinl
Mon 23 August           11.00am Simon Keenlyside, Malcolm Martineau
Tue 24 August           11.00am Takács Quartet
Wed 25 August           11.00am Gerald Finlay, Julius Drake
Thu 26 August           11.00am Midori, Ozgur Aydin
Fri 27 August           11.00am Nash Ensemble
Sat 28 August           11.00am Llŷr Williams, Juliette Bausor, Jane Atkins
Mon 30 August           11.00am Joan Rodgers, Roderick Williams, Roger Vignoles
Tue 31 August           11.00am Steven Osborne
Wed 1 September         11.00am Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier
Thu 2 September         11.00am Tokyo Quartet, David Watkin
Fri 3 September         11.00am Duo Sol
Sat 4 September         11.00am Simón Bolivar String Quartet

The Hub
Access facilities include lift, wheelchair spaces in auditorium, induction loop, accessible
toilets, accessible catering/bar
Sat 14 August           2.30pm What do we mean by ‘Postcolonial Art’
Sun 15 August           2.30pm Creative Innovation
Mon 16 August           2.30pm Steven Osborne on Improvisation
                        5.00pm Conversations: Montezuma
Tue 17 August           2.30pm Three New Ideas
                        5.00pm Conversations: Elevator Repair Service
Wed 18 August           2.30pm The Exiled Voice
                        5.00pm Conversations: Joyce DiDonato
Thu 19 August           2.30pm The Mass Observation Project
Fri 20 August           2.30pm The Mass Observation Project
                        5.00pm Conversations: Grupo Corpo
                        9.30pm Sarah Connolly and John Horler
Sat 21 August           12noon Conversations: Kronos Quartet
                        9.30pm Sarah Connolly and John Horler
Sun 22 August           2.30pm Pacific Solutions
                        5.00pm Little Matter
                        6.30pm Little Matter
Mon 23 August           2.30pm Conversations: The Wooster Group
                      5.00pm Little Matter
                      6.30pm Little Matter
Tue 24 August         12noon Conversations: The Sixteen
                      2.30pm The Darien Venture
                      5.00pm Conversations: Caledonia
Wed 25 August         2.30pm Dracula
                      5.00pm Conversations: Midori
Thu 26 August         12noon Dracula
                      2.30pm Dracula
                      5.00pm Conversations: Meredith Monk
Fri 27 August         2.30pm Zakir Hussein Master of the Tabla
                      5.00pm Conversations: Gunther Schuller
                      9.30pm John Etheridge, Sweet Chorus
Sat 28 August         2.30pm Global perspectives and empathy
                      9.30pm John Etheridge
Sun 29 August         2.30pm New voices from the landscape
                      5.00pm Conversations: Alonzo King Lines Ballet
                      9.30pm James Crabb and George Vassilev
Mon 30 August         9.30pm James Crabb
Tue 31 August         2.30pm A Scotsman’s legacy to Australasia
                      5.00pm Conversations: Teatro Cinema
Thu 2 September       5.00pm: Susan Graham
Fri 3 September       2.30pm Reflecting silenced narratives
                      5.00pm Conversations: Teatro en el Blanco
Sat 4 September       2.30pm Conversations: Paco Peña

Greyfriars Kirk
Greyfriars Place
Access facilities include level access, wheelchair spaces in auditorium, accessible toilets
Mon 16 August           5.45pm Fiesta Criolla
Tue 17 August           5.45pm The Tallis Scholars
Wed 18 August           5.45pm Sacred Music from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro
Thu 19 August           5.45pm Bolivian Baroque
Fri 20 August           5.45pm The Sixteen
Mon 23 August           5.45pm Latin American Vespers
Tue 24 August           5.45pm Music of Fire and Air

King’s Theatre
Leven Street
Access facilities include ramped access, wheelchair spaces in auditorium, infra red
system, accessible toilets
Sat 14 August           7.15pm Montezuma
Sun 15 August           7.15pm Montezuma
Tue 17 August           7.15pm Montezuma
Sat 21 August           7.30pm Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland
Sun 22 August           2.30pm Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland
                        7.30pm Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland
Tue 24 August         7.30pm Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland
Wed 25 August         2.30pm Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland
                      7.30pm Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland
Thu 26 August         2.30pm Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland
Sat 28 August         8.00pm Sin Sangre, Teatro Cinema
Sun 29 August         8.00pm The Man Who Fed Butterflies, Teatro Cinema
Mon 30 August         8.00pm Sin Sangre, Teatro Cinema
Wed 1 September       8.00pm Sin Sangre, Teatro Cinema
Thu 2 September       8.00pm The Man Who Fed Butterflies, Teatro Cinema
Fri 3 September       8.00pm Sin Sangre, Teatro Cinema
Sat 4 September       2.00pm The Man Who Fed Butterflies, Teatro Cinema
                      8.00pm The Man Who Fed Butterflies, Teatro Cinema

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Nicolson Street
Access facilities include level access, ramped access, lift, wheelchair spaces in
auditorium, infra red system, accessible toilets, accessible catering/bar
Sat 14 August           7.15pm Porgy and Bess, Opéra de Lyon
Mon 16 August           7.15pm Porgy and Bess, Opéra de Lyon
Tue 17 August           7.15pm Porgy and Bess, Opéra de Lyon
Fri 20 August           8.00pm Grupo Corpo
Sat 21 August           8.00pm Grupo Corpo
Sun 22 August           8.00pm Grupo Corpo
Mon 23 August           8.00pm Grupo Corpo
Thu 26 August           8.00pm Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Fri 27 August           8.00pm Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Sat 28 August           8.00pm Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Sun 29 August           8.00pm Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Thu 2 September         7.15pm Bliss, Opera Australia, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sat 4 September         7.15pm Bliss, Opera Australia, BBC Symphony Orchestra

The Edinburgh Playhouse
Greenside Place
Access facilities include ramped access, wheelchair spaces in auditorium, infra red
system, accessible toilets, accessible catering/bar
Sat 14 August           8.00pm The Tempest, Lemi Ponifasio/Mau
Sun 15 August           8.00pm The Tempest, Lemi Ponifasio/Mau
Tue 17 August           8.00pm Birds with Slymirrors, Lemi Ponifasio/Mau
Wed 18 August           2.30pm Birds with Slymirrors, Lemi Ponifasio/Mau
Sat 21 August           7.30pm The Gospel at Colonus
Sun 22 August           2.30pm The Gospel at Colonus
                        7.30pm The Gospel at Colonus
Mon 23 August           2.30pm The Gospel at Colonus
Fri 27 August           7.30pm Água, Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal
Sat 28 August           7.30pm Água, Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal
Sun 29 August           7.30pm Água, Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal
Thu 2 September         8.00pm Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company
Fri 3 September         8.00pm Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company
Sat 4 September        8.00pm Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company

Royal Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street
Access facilities include level access, lift, wheelchair spaces in auditorium, induction
loop, infra red system, accessible toilets, accessible catering/bar
Sat 14 August           7.30pm The Sun Also Rises, Elevator Repair Service
Sun 15 August           11.00am The Sun Also Rises, Elevator Repair Service
                        7.30pm The Sun Also Rises, Elevator Repair Service
Mon 16 August           7.30pm The Sun Also Rises, Elevator Repair Service
Tue 17 August           2.00pm The Sun Also Rises, Elevator Repair Service
Sat 21 August           7.30pm Vieux Carré, The Wooster Group
Sun 22 August           7.30pm Vieux Carré, The Wooster Group
Mon 23 August           7.30pm Vieux Carré, The Wooster Group
Tue 24 August           7.30pm Vieux Carré, The Wooster Group
Sat 28 August           8.00pm Songs of Ascension, Meredith Monk Company, The
                        Elysian Quartet, Edinburgh University Singers
Sun 29 August           8.00pm Songs of Ascension, Meredith Monk Company, The
                        Elysian Quartet, Edinburgh University Singers
Mon 30 August           8.00pm Songs of Ascension, Meredith Monk Company, The
                        Elysian Quartet, Edinburgh University Singers
Thu 2 September         8.00pm Diciembre, Teatro en el Blanco
Fri 3 September         8.00pm Diciembre, Teatro en el Blanco
Sat 4 September         2.30pm Diciembre, Teatro en el Blanco
                        8.00pm Diciembre, Teatro en el Blanco

Usher Hall
Lothian Road
Access facilities include level access, lift, wheelchair spaces in auditorium, induction
loop, accessible toilets, accessible catering/bar
Fri 13 August           8.00pm El Niño, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, James
                        Conlon Conductor
Sat 14 August           7.30pm Rhapsodies in Red, White and Blue, Royal Scottish
                        National Orchestra, Gunther Schuller Conductor
Sun 15 August           8.00pm Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 01, Sakari Oramo
Mon 16 August           8.00pm Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 02, Sakari Oramo
Tue 17 August           8.00pm Cleveland Orchestra 01, Franz Welser-Möst Conductor
Wed 18 August           8.00pm Cleveland Orchestra 02, Franz Welser-Möst Conductor
Thu 19 August           8.00pm Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev Conductor
Fri 20 August           7.00pm Idomeneo, Concert performance, Scottish Chamber
                        Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras Conductor
Sat 21 August           8.00pm Kronos Quartet
Sun 22 August           8.00pm Joyce DiDonato, David Zobel
Mon 23 August           7.00pm La fanciulla del West, Concert performance, The
                        Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Francesco Corti Conductor
Tue 24 August           8.00pm The Indian Queen, Concert performance, The Sixteen,
                      Harry Christophers Conductor
Wed 25 August         7.30pm L’heure espagnole, Concert performance, Royal Scottish
                      National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève Conductor
Thu 26 August         8.00pm Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Gunther Schuller
Fri 27 August         7.30pm Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati Conductor
Sat 28 August         7.30pm BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles
Sun 29 August         7.30pm Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä Conductor
Mon 30 August         8.00pm Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 01, Mariss Jansons
Tue 31 August         8.00pm Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 02, Mariss Jansons
Wed 1 September       7.30pm Sydney Symphony Orchestra 01, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Thu 2 September       7.30pm Sydney Symphony Orchestra 02, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Fri 3 September       8.00pm Susan Graham, Malcolm Martineau
Sat 4 September       8.00pm Mahler Symphony No 8, BBC Scottish Symphony
                      Orchestra, Donald Runnicles Conductor

Princes Street Gardens
Access facilities include level access, wheelchair spaces in auditorium, accessible toilets
Sun 5 September         9.00pm Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert, Scottish Chamber
                        Orchestra, Clark Rundell Conductor

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