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Review: Scottish Opera’s Ainadamar

The Scottish Opera’s Ainadamar is a fountain of cascading memories, effortlessly transporting its audience through time. Journeying from Mariana Pineda’s act of liberalist rebellion in 1830, to Lorca’s execution in the Spanish Civil War, to the 1969 death of his muse Xirgu, Ainadamar presents a multitude of tragic images. The opera, sung entirely in Spanish, […]

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Fringe Music Theatre

Fringe 2022: Trial by Jury Review

Trial by Jury, performed at theSpaceTriplex, is a rollicking operatic performance that is most certainly a gem amongst the many shows of the Edinburgh Fringe. The performers shine on their small stage, clearly enjoying their comedic roles while also showcasing their vocal talent. This one-act 45-minute delight almost feels too short; the audience is so […]

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Festival Fringe Theatre Variety

Fringe 2022: The Marriage of Figaro Review

In a city where every available square meter has opened its doors to welcome the stage, it is comparatively rare to happen across a venue that isn’t a total eyesore, complete with a fair share of sticky floors and leaflets everywhere. Yet here I find myself, settling down to watch Opera Bohemia perform Mozart’s The […]

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Festival Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022 : La Serva Padrona Review

A man with a fantastic moustache and an even more fantastic pair of blue dungarees takes the stage. Walking down Nicolson Street to get to the venue at peak Fringe queueing time, I had passed all manner of bizarre attire but this particular look surprised me. My first thought was this: ‘how would one go […]

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Culture Theatre

The Journey of Opera

Keisha Frimpong on opera from the 16th century to the 21st. From Handel’s Giulio Cesar to Saint-Saëns and Lemaire’s Samson and Delilah, opera has engaged audiences of all ages for many centuries. This harmonic relationship between music and theatre has evolved over time to keep its contemporary audience entertained. I was first enraptured by the […]

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Culture Theatre

‘Delightfully serene’ ‒ Iolanthe review

Delightfully serene, incredibly funny and as fruity as it should be, Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic work Iolanthe meets Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group’s fantastic production team and talented cast to create one of the year’s must-see performances.  Iolanthe is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. In this satirical […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Dolls of New Albion

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Thistle N’ Thorn Productions put on this show having to make do with a theatre-in-the-round set up, which just did not do them justice at all. Back this year, with a new cast and in a different venue, they have transformed The Dolls of New Albion into […]

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Culture Theatre

Carmen.maquia by Ballet Hispánico

As the frosty aftermath of ‘the beast from the east’ takes Edinburgh, an escape to watch Ballet Hispánico’s performance of Carmen.maquia with its Latino heat is a much welcome treat. The performance brings the UK debut of Ballet Hispánico to Edinburgh Festival theatre, with a contemporary twist on Bizet’s classic opera and the flamenco inspired […]