Edinburgh International Festival: Rusalka

A new production of Dvořák's opera featuring Natalya Romaniw comes to the International Festival, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Douglas Boyd and Garsington Opera.

Edinburgh International Festival: Rusalka

About Edinburgh International Festival: Rusalka

6th Aug 2022 to 9th Aug 2022
7.15pm (not 7th August)
Festival Theatre Edinburgh
13/29 Nicolson Street , Edinburgh South EH8 9FT
£32 - £102
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A new production of Dvořák’s best-loved opera, the dark fairy tale Rusalka, features Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw in the title role. One of the 2022 International Festival’s orchestras in residence, the Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Garsington Opera.

Rusalka is the haunting fable of a water sprite who sacrifices everything when she falls in love with a human prince.

She enlists the help of a witch, entering the mortal world and giving up her voice to be with him – only to discover the true cost of love is greater still. Inspired by sources including Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Dvořák’s sensual opera shimmers with glinting orchestral colours. Sound and silence reverberate against each other as soaring romantic melodies sweep through the eerie quiet. Reality and the supernatural collide in luscious evocations of the natural world.

Natalya Romaniw is a sensational talent, awarded both Young Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020 and Singer of the Year at the Royal Philharmonic Society 2020 Awards. Glasgow-born conductor and former oboe virtuoso Douglas Boyd collaborates with director Jack Furness, Artistic Director of Shadwell Opera, who brings a rich theatrical flair to the narrative. Designer Tom Piper is most famous for his Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation of poppies at the Tower of London. Together, they craft a transporting fantasy with grave human intensity at its core.

Performed in Czech with English supertitles

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Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller comes to the Festival Theatre!
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Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

28th February 2023 - 4th March 2023

Don't miss this new dance theatre event, delving into the story of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, when it comes to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh in 2023!
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Scottish Opera - Il trittico (Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi)

Scottish Opera - Il trittico (Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi)

Selected dates between 22nd March 2023 - 25th March 2023

World-renowned director Sir David McVicar returns to Scottish Opera with Puccini's epic triptych – Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchia – in a first both for him and the Company.
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

30th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023

Coming to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places!
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Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher

4th June 2023

Carrie Hope Fletcher brings her debut headline UK tour to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on Sunday 4th June 2023!
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Scottish Opera - Carmen

Scottish Opera - Carmen

Selected dates between 9th June 2023 - 17th June 2023

Georges Bizet's classic opera of jealousy, lust, and life outside the dictates of society gets a boldly updated new production to conclude Scottish Opera's 60th Season!
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Sister Act

Sister Act

2nd October 2023 - 7th October 2023

Brace yourselves Sisters! The Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh in 2023!
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