Mogwai to play next’s year’s Edinburgh International Festival

Scottish post-rockers Mogwai – famed for their moody, complex rock instrumentals – have signed up for next year’s Edinburgh International Festival, it was announced today.

The Glasgow five-piece – who this week performed at Belle & Sebastian’s special benefit gig to raise funds for Save The Children’s Child Refugee Appeal – are set to perform their score for Mark Cousins’ documentary Atomic, Living In Dread And Promise in the Capital next summer.

Next year’s EIF will also feature a new project from trip-hop mainstays Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Becky Unthank of folk sensations The Unthanks and Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison with the working title Flit, while the Salzburg Festival’s production of Bellini’s Norma will open the opera section, with tickets on sale from Saturday, November 21.

Cecilia Bartoli, the opera’s mezzo soprano, said: “It is a joy to be making my opera debut at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival with these performances of Norma.

“I look forward to sharing our new vision of Bellini’s masterpiece with the festival public.

“It is a role that represents a milestone in my career and a production that is very dear to my heart.”

Fergus Linehan, the festival’s director, said: ‘We are thrilled to bring this remarkable reworking of Norma to Edinburgh where it can be enjoyed by opera fans in the UK for the first time, as well as marking the festival debut of Cecilia Bartoli.

“We look forward to welcoming Ms Bartoli and the Norma company to the 2016 Festival with this landmark production.”

Richard Lewis, Edinburgh city council’s festivals and events champion, said: “This announcement is just one glimpse into the Edinburgh International Festival’s 2016 programme and suggests another thrilling year is in store for classical music fans.

“Mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli is one of the world’s greatest and most versatile opera performers, and in the title role from Bellini’s Norma, the Festival Theatre performances will be her Edinburgh debut.”

The festival also plans to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and will feature works from modern American playwrights.

The EIF runs from Friday 5 to Monday 29 August 2016 – and the full programme will be announced on April 6