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Best event cinema to see this Autumn/Winter season: theatre, ballet and opera at your local cinema

16 Oct 2015

Including Judi Dench in Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale and The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker

In the week that Benedict Cumberbatch playing Hamlet at The Barbican is screened live at cinemas across the UK, we look ahead to what other treats this event cinema season has to offer.

SNJO & Makoto Ozone – Jeune Homme

16 Sep 20153 stars

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra teams up with jazz pianist

Makoto Ozone’s re-imagining of Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto benefits from a lightness of touch in both the playing and arrangements. Ozone is a graceful and witty pianist, whose bluesy twists on Mozart’s lines sound natural. While there are occasional…

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

28 Aug 20154 stars

Komische Oper Berlin’s non-traditional take on Mozart is a must-see

Komische Oper Berlin’s love-or-loathe version of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte is one which may not please stalwart traditionalists but for all-round entertainment appeal it is a winner. Using the 21st century possibilities of digital technology, what is…

The Marriage of Figaro

11 Aug 2015

Scottish-born Marie McLaughlin stars in Iván Fischer's take on Mozart's classic opera

Opera’s reputation as a notoriously expensive art form is hardly ill-earned considering all that’s involved in putting on a fully staged production. Concert performances of the music have their place, but aren’t the same. In between the two falls Iván…

Interview: Belin's Komishche Oper Intendant, Barrie Kosky, on The Magic Flute

30 Jun 2015

Komische Oper, Barrie Kosky and 1927 give Mozart's opera the freshest of spins

'I was bored shitless when I was taken to my first Magic Flute as a boy in Australia.' It's hardly the kind of admission you'd expect from an opera supremo, but it's refreshing to hear Barrie Kosky, Intendant (or artistic director) of Berlin's Komische…

Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute - Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 19 Oct 2012

13 Nov 20124 stars

Industrial-themes production brings fun and vitality to Mozart’s well-loved score

First seen in 1791, in the latter years of the Age of Enlightenment, there is much in Scottish Opera’s new production of Mozart’s Magic Flute that brings its influence to mind. Right from the orchestral overture there is a sense of the excitement of new…

Labrinth's classical-electro-punk single

10 Feb 2012

Music Gossip

Labrinth's new single is inspired by classical music and electro punk. The singer and songwriter said the inspiration behind his third release, 'Last Time', draws influence from unlikely sources which he heard while flicking through the radio. He…

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 IN festival membership scheme

24 May 2011

EIF and The List deal for half-price tickets, events and freebies

Edinburgh International Festival - in association with The List magazine - are offering members of an innovative and exclusive membership scheme a whole host of half-price tickets, event passes and freebies for the 2011 Festival season. Membership to…

Barockestra: Rocking the Classics

23 Aug 20103 stars

Enthusiastic rock take on well-known classical pieces

Rock interpretations of well-known classical pieces from Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and the like featuring a full rock band, opera singer and ballerinas to give a foot-tapping tour of the greats. Overlaid with a cheesy humour that you could only…

Tribute concert to Sir Charles Mackerras at EIF

15 Aug 2010

Fantastic celebration of a wonderful man

One of the leading lights on the EIF, Sir Charles Mackerras has long been synonymous with the talent and the creativity at the heart of the Edinburgh International Festival. Fitting then, that they should celebrate his passing earlier this year with a…

Scottish Opera: Cosi Fan Tutti

11 Jun 20094 stars

OPERA For their keenly anticipated summer week in Edinburgh, Scottish Opera bring a choice of two operas – Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Jules Massenet’s Manon. Neither will disappoint. Both have been deservedly well received by public and press from…