The Edinburgh Festival 2018 To Present Five Operas Featuring Christine Goerke, Elizabeth DeShong & Michele Angelini

By Francisco Salazar

The Edinburgh Festival has announced its 2018 season with a number of opera productions scheduled to be performed. There are also a number of concerts, dance and theater performances, but for this announcement, we will focus on the operatic events.


The festival opens with a concert performance of Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel” conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra accompanies a stunning international cast which includes Elizabeth DeShong as Hänsel, Laura Wilde as Gretel, Okka von der Damerau as the Mother, Tomasz Konieczny as the Father, and Thomas Blondelle as the Witch.

Performance Dates: August 15, 2018

The Opéra de Lyon’s stunning production of “La Cenerentola” by Stefan Herheim comes to the festival with Stefano Montanari conducting. Michèle Losier headlines the production as Cenerentola and Taylor Stayton is her prince charming Don Ramiro.

Performance Dates: August 24-26 2018

Simon O’Neill sings the title role in Wagner’s “Siegfried” alongside a star-studded cast that includes Christine Goerke,  Gerhard Siegel, Iain Paterson, Samuel Youn, Clive Bayley, Anna Larsson, and Malin Christensson. The concert performance will be led by Sir. Mark Elder with the Halle.

Performance Date: August 8, 2018

Laurent Pelly’s production of Rossini’s “The Barber Of Seville” from Théâtre des Champs-Elysées comes to Edinburgh with Jérémie Rhorer conducting Michele Angelini, Catherine Trottmann, and Guillaume Andrieux headline the popular comedy.

Performance Dates: August 5-8 2018

Robert Carsen directs “The Beggar’s Opera” in a production from the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. William Christie conducts the work in a cast that includes Kate Batter, Olivia Brereton, Robert Burt, Emily Dunn, Wayne Fitzsimmons, Beverley Klein, Natasha Leaver, Emma Kate Nelson, Dominic Owen, Jocelyn Prah, Benjamin Purkiss, Kraig Thornber, and Gavin Wilkinson.

Performance Dates: August 16-19 2018