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Three To See 2013: Operas

By | Published on Wednesday 24 July 2013

American Lulu

Here they are, some musical tips for Edinburgh Festival 2013 from ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses.

The acclaimed Opéra de Lyon return to the International Festival with their production of Fidelio, by everyone’s favourite composer, Beethoven. Well, all right, he might not be absolutely everyone’s favourite, but most people would admit that his works are pretty good. Anyway, this sounds like a cracking show, featuring renowned Japanese conductor Kazushi Ono, and direction and video design from contemporary media artist Gary Hill.
Festival Theatre, 10, 12 Aug, 7.15pm.

American Lulu (pictured)
This sounds very interesting indeed; a radical re-working by composer Olga Neuwirth of fellow Austrian Alban Berg’s unfinished 1934 opera ‘Lulu’. The new adaptation is set against the backdrop of the American civil rights struggles of the fifties and sixties, evoking the smoky jazz clubs of the deep south.
King’s Theatre, 30, 31 Aug, 7.15pm.

The Okavango Macbeth
Well, the Fringe wouldn’t be the Fringe without a bit of Shakespeare in it somewhere (though to be honest, I’ve noticed a bit of a decline in such traditional productions in recent years) and this gives The Scottish Play really quite an interesting twist. This is a revival, by Edinburgh Studio Opera, of a chamber opera version of the play in which the protagonists are a group of baboons, located in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. See, I told you it was interesting.
Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, 12-17 Aug, 9.30pm.