Handel’s Alcina

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Wed 14 Sept 7.00pm

Ryedale Festival Opera

Duration approx. 2 hours 45 minutes


Musical Director

£10 tickets for children and students in full time education


Photo credit: Ryedale Festival Opera: Coronation of Poppea

Alcina is a beautiful sorceress who seduces countless men, but soon tires of them and transforms them into rocks or wild beasts. It seems the handsome knight Ruggiero will be her latest victim, but his betrothed Bradamante is determined to break Alcina’s spell – and gradually the tables are turned.

Alcina falls in love with Ruggiero: the enchantress is enchanted! But Ruggiero returns to the faithful Bradamante and Alcina’s spell is broken; time no longer stands still in her kingdom – all have grown older and wiser.

We are delighted to welcome back Ryedale Festival Opera with an outstanding young cast in this fully staged production in John Warrack’s new English translation.

"Ryedale Festival Opera has hit the target yet again... vivacious, emotional and clear toned... a poignant and rewarding show."

Opera magazine

The Brunton, Musselburgh

The Brunton Hall, as it was originally known, was designed by Rowand Anderson, Kininmonth and Paul and opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in 1971.

It is named after John D Brunton, who left a bequest of £700,000 to the people of Musselburgh on his death in 1951, specifying that it must be used to build a public hall for the community.

As well as the concert hall (Venue One, in which this year's Lammermuir Festival event is being held), the building also contains a 296-seat theatre.

The large stained glass windows, depicting themes from the sea, were designed by Glasgow-based artist Deborah Campbell and commissioned by the Brunton Theatre Trust.

The Brunton, Musselburgh


The Brunton, Musselburgh
EH21 6AA

Getting there by bus

There are regular bus services through Musselburgh with a stop outside the venue.
Travel time from the centre of Edinburgh is about 30 minutes.
Lothian Buses: 15, 26, 30, 40, 44 (0131 555 6363)
First Bus: 108 (0871 200 2233)
East Lothian Buses: 113 (0131 555 6363)
Eve Coaches: 129 (01368 865 500)

Getting there by train

Musselburgh station is about 15 minutes walk away or you can catch the No. 30 bus from the station.

Getting there by car

Musselburgh is just off Edinburgh City Bypass, not far from Fort Kinnaird Retail Park and Asda.



Free car park at rear of venue plus on street parking including 6 Disabled Parking bays 20m from the entrance plus 2 more in car park.



Induction Loop:

There are accessible toilets on the ground floor in the main foyer and off the upstairs bar of Venue 1.

Wheelchair Access:

Ramps at Ladywell Way and North High Street entrances. Box Office has a lowered counter. Lift access to concert hall. Hall has flat area at front for wheelchairs.

Please advise our box office staff when booking tickets of any specific assistance you require and if you would like to use the loop system.

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