Edinburgh International Festival 2012 programme launched
Highlights include Mariinsky Ballet, TEAM and Camille O'Sullivan
The Edinburgh International Festival has unveiled its extensive 2012 programme. With nearly 200 different performances to choose from, we’ve selected some dance, opera, classical music and theatre highlights you won't want to miss.
NVA's Speed of Light
Arthur's Seat is the setting for this innovative visual arts exhibition performance. The iconic mountain will be illuminated as hundreds of runners wearing specially designed light suits embark upon the intricate path networks below, resulting in a stunning visual display.
Arthur's Seat, Thu 9 Aug–Sat 1 Sep.
The Scotch play is relocated to a contemporary Middle Eastern conflict by TR Warszawa, complete with pyrotechnics and immersive video effects.
Royal Highland Centre, Sat 11–Sat 18 Aug.
The Makropolous Case
Waiting for Orestes: Electra
Cutting-edge Japanese theatre-maker Tadashi Suzuki brings a new staging of the famous Greek myth to Edinburgh, in which the whole of humanity unwittingly resides in a psychiatric hospital.
King's Theatre, Sat 11–Mon 13 Aug.
Dublin's Gate Theatre presents Samuel Beckett's comedy about a servant struggling to make sense of the world around him, adapted and performed by Barry McGovern.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Sat 11–Tue 14 Aug.
Deborah Voigt and Brian Zeger
Antonio Meneses and Maria João Pires
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Four performances that are sure to sell out instantly, with guests including powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev, Ayrshire-born violinist Nicola Benedetti and tenor Toby Spence.
Usher Hall, Thu 16 Aug–Sun 19 Aug.
Meine faire Dame - ein Sprachlabor
Tristan und Isolde
Welsh National Opera music director Lothar Koenigs builds on his solid reputation for great Wagner interpretations with this production of the classic romance.
Usher Hall, Wed 15 Aug.
And Then One Thousand Years of Peace
French choreographer Angelin Preljocal brings his unusual apocalypse-themed ballet to the festival, following rave reviews for its runs in Moscow, Paris, Lyon, Amsterdam and Luxemburg.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Fri 17–Sun 19 Aug.
Homayun Sakhi Trio
Les Arts Florissants
The wonderful French baroque opera company haven't appeared at the EIF for some time, but they're back in 2012 with two performances: a run of Charpentier's David et Jonathas, and a show charting a brief history of the baroque movement.
David et Jonathas, Festival Theatre, Fri 17–Mon 20 Aug (not Sat); Les Arts Florissants, Queen's Hall, Sat 18 Aug.
Villa and Discurso
Composer MacMillan appears in two capacities at EIF 2012: his new commission with the Hebrides Ensemble will debut at Greyfriars Kirk, and his opera Clemency will have its Scottish premiere at the King's Theatre.
Greyfriars Kirk, Thu 22 Aug; Clemency, King's Theatre, Fri 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sep.
The Rape of Lucrece
Provocative interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic narrative poem by Fringe veteran and internationally acclaimed singer Camille O'Sullivan.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Wed 22–Sun 26 Aug.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It)
Primer for a Failed Superpower
The Lady from the Sea
Scottish Opera's newest work focuses on a woman who must choose between her desire for freedom and her duty to her family. It features music from composer Craig Armstrong (whose work can be heard in the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby).
King's Theatre, Wed 29 Aug & Sat 1 Sep.
In a Locked Room & Ghost Patrol
Mariinsky Ballet's Cinderella
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Vibrant and stylish ensemble who play standing up to invest their performances with a sense of energy. Their performances peak with a heartfelt rendition of Grieg’s String Quartet.
Queen's Hall, Fri 1 Sep.
Check our events page for full EIF listings.