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Aug. 4, 2010
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Edinburgh International Festival opens (Aug. 13 – Sep. 5, 2010)
 In 2010, the opera program features the European premiere of Bliss, an Australian opera composed by Brett Dean and based on a novel by Peter Carey (also known as one of the script writers of Wim Wenders’ Until the End of the World); Carl Heinrich Graun’s baroque opera Montezuma with Claudio Valdes Kuri from Mexico as the director and Gabriel Garrido from Argentina as the musical director, which has just had its world premiere at Theater der Welt; and Porgy and Bess by Opéra de Lyon. Concert-style presentations of operas by Mozart, Puccini, Purcell and Ravel are also held.

The dance program includes Birds with Skymirrors by the Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio, which also had its world premiere at Theater der Welt, as well as works by Grupo Corpo, Alonzo King, Pina Bausch, and Paco Peña (world premiere of Quimeras). In the program of theatre, Elevator Repair Service’s adaptation of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, and Alistair Beaton’s Caledonia in co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland are world premieres; and in addition to bringing works by big names of New York avantgarde theatre such as Wooster Group’s Vieux Carré that combines the late play of Tennessee Williams with Paul Morrissey’s films produced by Andy Warhol and Ryan Trecartin’s media art; a gospel spectacle The Gospel at Colonus based on Oedipus at Colonus with an appearance by Blind Boys of Alabama and direction by Lee Breuer; and Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension. Two companies from Chile are invited: Teatro Cinema, which is known for its style that combines theatre and cinema, and a young Santiago based company Teatro en el Blanco.

In relation to Japan, the violinist Midori and Tokyo Quartet, a string quartet based in New York, are performing in the music program.

[Festival Outline]
The Edinburgh International Festival, presenting an international program of opera, music, theatre, dance and art, is held every year in the Scottish capital. Recently attention has focused on the new trends in the festival under the direction since 2007 of Australian composer Jonathan Mills, who brings to the festival his experience with the Melbourne Festival and an increased emphasis on classical music.
+Edinburgh International Festival
Dates: Aug. 13 – Sep. 5, 2010
Venues: Royal Lyceum Theatre, The Usher Hall, etc.