OPERA at the King’s Theatre, music from countertenor David Daniels and the NVA’s Speed of Light.
Ellida, daughter of a lighthouse-keeper, lives a narrow life with a husband several years her senior. She is full of longing for the sea and for freedom, and the arrival of a mysterious stranger creates a storm that threatens to submerge the whole family. He offers an escape from the stifling world she inhabits, and Ellida must decide whether to do her duty or answer the call of the sea…
Known equally for his popular music collaborations and his scores for cinema and stage, including Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, Craig Armstrong is a pioneering musician. Libretto by Zoë Strachan, based on a play by Henrik Ibsen, this is a Scottish Opera and EIF co-production.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 8pm, £12.50-£25, www.eif.co.uk 0131 473 2000
WONDERLAND In a darkly subversive take on the themes of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Wonderland begins with the mystery of a young woman leaving home and embarking on a dangerous journey. It examines the attraction of fame and stardom, the allure of the erotic and the invasion of pornography into modern popular culture. This performance contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children. Performed in English.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, 7.30pm, £10-£30, www.eif.co.uk 0131 473 2000
DAVID DANIELS The world-renowned countertenor joins The English Concert, one of Europe’s most celebrated period instrument ensembles, for sparkling vocal and instrumental showpieces by some of the continent’s greatest Baroque composers.
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 7.30pm, £12-£42, www.eif.co.uk 0131 473 2000
World-renowned English tenor Toby Spence shares his thoughts and ideas on singing in the company of music writer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service.
The Hub, Royal Mile, 5pm, £6, www.eif.co.uk 0131 473 2000
NVA’s speed of light Arthur’s Seat is the focus for a remarkable fusion of innovative public art and sporting endeavour. As a member of the walking audience, you become part of the work ,carrying lit walking staffs to the summit.
Guided walking groups meet at Speed of Light base every 15 minutes at 9.15pm, 9.30, 9.45, 10, 10.15, 10.30 and 10.45pm, £18-£24, www.eif.co.uk 0131 473 2000