InterContinental Edinburgh The George has partnered with Scottish Opera to celebrate the reawakening of the hospitality sector and commemorate the doors of this iconic city centre hotel reopening on 17th May.

Opera has brought people together for centuries, like InterContinental Edinburgh The George, creating experiences and stories that go beyond the ordinary and awaken the senses.


With this exclusive cultural and tourism collaboration, the Hotel’s spectacular King’s Hall showcased an exclusive classical operatic performance of one of the most famous songs in opera, Brindisi from La Traviata by Verdi sung by Scottish Opera’s emerging artists Edinburgh-born soprano Catriona Hewitson and Chinese tenor Shengzhi Ren.


Filmed behind the scenes as the Hotel prepares to reopen next week, the Scottish Opera duo performed a spectacular rendition of the lively chorus from Act 1 of La Traviata ‘Libiamo ne’lieti calici – a fitting opera melody and celebration of the Hotel’s reopening, giving a discreet nod to the lockdown and easing of restrictions across the country.


Scotland’s national opera company has created films throughout lockdown with its Scottish Opera: On Screen programme. The collection includes Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Mozart’s Così fan tutte, filmed at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, and Menotti’s The Telephone filmed at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh.


InterContinental Edinburgh The George has enjoyed a multi-million-pound refurbishment since its re-launch as InterContinental Hotels and Resorts back in 2019 and it delivers on the highest standards of luxury, design and service to guests visiting one of the world’s most popular city destinations.


Steeped in rich history, the Hotel is a cultural collection of Georgian townhouses that were originally built in the 1780s for the city’s elite and were amongst the most exclusive addresses in Edinburgh, serving as an artist’s studio and entertaining the writers, poets and thinkers of the Enlightenment.


Commenting on the collaboration, Kieran Quinn, the Hotel’s general manager said:

“Scotland’s performing arts sector, like the hospitality industry, has experienced real challenges during the lockdown so we are delighted to support with a partnership that spans both culture, tourism and hospitality, delivering authentic experiences for our guests and opera lovers alike.  The Opera and our Hotel are global brands with a strong local influence, that’s personal and intimate at the same time. Both touch people’s hearts, are grand, full of heritage and history.


“This beautiful performance of Brindisi from La Traviata symbolises the re-awakening of our iconic George Street property and the beginning of a longer-term collaboration with Scottish Opera.  We wanted to bring back joy with this performance and look forward to the future with a sense of celebration and hope as restrictions ease.”


Alex Reedijk, general director of Scottish Opera added:

“While our films have provided opportunities for our sector to work, we have badly missed being able to bring opera to our theatres: hearing people laugh, cry, and be surprised and delighted by the joy of live performance. We look forward to being able to sing for local and visiting audiences again very soon. It was our pleasure to work with, and support, InterContinental Edinburgh The George as both the hospitality and culture sectors are urgently reignited in a safe and sensible manner.”


Standard rooms at InterContinental Edinburgh The George start from £229.


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