Ten HP artists & touring clients perform at EIF2023
Composer-conductor Tan Dun opens the Edinburgh International Festival on 5 August with Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus, leading the Scottish premiere of his captivating Buddha Passion, a spectacular and unique mix of ancient Buddhist wisdom and the musical language of J. S. Bach’s Passions, featuring Louise Kwong, Samantha Chong, Chen Chen, Sun Li, Batubagen, Tan Weiwei and Chen Yining as soloists.
The performance coincides with the release of Decca Records’ world premiere recording of the piece on 4 August.
Hanna Hipp performs Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at the Usher Hall on 16 August.
István Várdai joins Albrecht Mayer, Diana Tishchenko and Liisa Randalu in a quartet concert at The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh on 19 August, playing works by Mozart, Britten, Moeran, as well as some variations on ‘God Save the King’ co-written by Joseph Ghys and Adrien François Servais.
Klaus Mäkelä and Oslo Philharmonic bring two programmes to the Usher Hall on 21 and 22 August. The first features Rolf Gupta’s Epilogue from Earth’s Song, Sibelius’ Symphony No.7 and Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with soloist Johanna Wallroth, who debuts at the festival. On the second evening, Mäkelä and the orchestra are joined by Yuja Wang for a performance of both Ravel piano concertos, coupled with Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5.
Susan Bullock and Charlotte Hellekant share the role of Judith in the groundbreaking staging of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle by Theatre of Sound.In this radical retelling of one of opera’s great masterpieces, husband and wife face the reality of living with dementia while celebrating their long love and shared memories.
Catch their performances at the Church Hill Theatre on 23, 25 and 27 August (Bullock) and 24 and 26 August (Hellekant).
Emma Bell joins Deutsche Oper Berlin as Elisabeth in a semi-staged concert performance of Tannhäuser conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles at Usher Hall on 25 August.
Russell Thomas joins Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at Usher Hall on 20 August.