The Edinburgh International Festival returns in August 2019 for its 73rd year, and they have announced a programme that includes 293 performances across 17 venues featuring 2600 artists from 40 nations.
Among the visiting companies and ensembles are Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will be led by conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and will open the festival with Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event – a special free concert for 15,000 people at Tynecastle Park.
The concert will celebrate the greatest music from Hollywood, taking in soundtracks from cinema’s golden age and featuring a selection of works by film composer John Williams.
Two of Berlin’s opera houses will visit the festival, as Komische Oper Berlin return with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Deutsch Oper Berlin bring their concert version of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.
Contemporary music will also be well represented at the festival with a lineup that includes Jarvis Cocker, Anna Calvi, Kate Tempest, Neneh Cherry, Sharon Van Etten and Teenage Fanclub.
The event will also feature Learning and Engagement programmes Art of Listening, a new composition programme for senior school music students and a three-year residency at Leith Academy, where International Festival artist and staff support and mentor pupils year-round.
Fergus Linehan, festival director, Edinburgh International Festival says: ‘At the end of the first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, conductor Bruno Walter wrote that the Festival has succeeded because “it was of the utmost importance and most to be desired that all the ties, which had been torn, should be re-united.”
‘The 2019 International Festival launch is framed against a backdrop of division and confusion. With artists and audiences from all over the world gathering to celebrate each other’s music, theatre, dance and art, we hope that the 2019 International Festival will offer a refreshing dose of generosity, inclusiveness and optimism.’
Fiona Hyslop, culture secretary, commented: ‘One of Scotland’s strengths is our concentration of magnificent cultural festivals, none more so than the Edinburgh International Festival, which brings the finest performers and ensembles from Scotland and across the world to our Capital city.’
Iain Munro, acting chief executive, Creative Scotland added: ‘One of Scotland’s most remarkable cultural events, the Edinburgh International Festival welcomes the world, bringing the best of global culture to the city in a shared celebration of artistic excellence and cultural exchange.’
For more information, please visit eif.co.uk
Pictured: Ballet dancer Eve Mutso