The Edinburgh International Festival has begun with a controversial performance of a work celebrating the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden.
Judas Maccabaeus by Handel was first performed in 1747, just a year after the battle and includes a famous tribute to the Duke of Cumberland.
The Australian director of the festival, Jonathan Mills, said he did not intend to be provocative.
But some believe the choice is unfortunate in the year of Homecoming.
Even 250 years after Culloden, this celebration of the Duke of Cumberland's role in quelling the Jacobite rising is still capable of upsetting Scottish nationalists.
The Jacobites wanted to restore the House of Stuart to the throne of Britain.
Handel was seen as the chief propagandist of the Hanoverian royal family.
The chorus - "see the conqu'ring hero comes" is dedicated to the duke.
It will be sung in Edinburgh's Usher Hall in a massive opening night concert attended by a number of guests including the Scottish culture minister.
The 63rd international festival is already doing well at the box office with a number of events including a massive production of Faust featuring a cast of 120 and an opera about St Kilda, already sold out.
Mr Mills told BBC Scotland: "The opening concert of Judas Maccabaeus has been construed as being very provocative.
"It wasn't my intention although I knew exactly what I was getting myself into."
He said it was not a provocation to people who think Culloden was an "horrendous piece of butchery".
It is a story about a man whose thirst for knowledge is so insatiable he will make a pact with anyone just to get knowledge, including the devil
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