Edinburgh International Festival – Opening Concert 

Following the season finale at Caramoor in the US, Pablo Heras-Casado returns to Europe to lead the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the opening concert of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, which also marks the first time Heras-Casado performs at the Festival. The performance includes works with a celebratory and joyous theme; Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 (“Surprise”) and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang”). The Haydn Symphony was the first work performed at the inaugural concert of the Festival in 1947. Additional artists featured in the concert include the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, as well as vocal soloists Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Emma Bell (soprano), and Werner Güra (tenor).

Hosted on August 5 at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, this event launches a multi-week festival that is renowned for bringing exceptional talent and unique programmes to Scotland. The concert will receive a delayed audio broadcast via BBC Radio 3 over the air and online this September 11.

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho