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Scottish Chamber Orchestra/MacMillan review – Capperauld’s dance of death has style but lacks substance
Jay Capperauld’s macabre new work – Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death – is full of orchestral colour but felt unresolved. The premiere was preceded by serene performances of Wagner and Ives

Rowena Smith

12, Nov, 2021 @1:44 PM

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The Gondoliers review – a picture-postcard Gilbert and Sullivan from Scottish Opera
The company celebrated its return to the Theatre Royal with some good old-fashioned – if not downright antiquated – fun and frivolity

Rowena Smith

17, Oct, 2021 @12:41 PM

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Dunedin Consort review – Monteverdi up close and personal
The secular side of the composer’s output was the focus of this imaginative and vivid festival programme

Rowena Smith

17, Sep, 2021 @9:11 AM

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Jeremy Denk and friends – an intimate performance that invited the audience in
A chamber music programme of Ives and Schubert saw Denk, the festival’s artist-in-residence, at his best

Rowena Smith

16, Sep, 2021 @9:47 AM

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Ariadne auf Naxos review – Strauss’s music does the talking
A fine cast ensure Strauss’s comic opera is full of life and engages its audience despite only a minimal staging

Rowena Smith

30, Aug, 2021 @1:54 PM

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RSNO/Gergiev review – all-Russian programme offers much to admire
In a socially distanced grand marquee, Valery Gergiev and the string players of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra were joined by pianist Steven Osborne

Rowena Smith

19, Aug, 2021 @2:15 PM

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Falstaff review – pranks and pathos as Scottish Opera’s Verdi shines
David McVicar’s economical staging allows a strong ensemble to bring out the best of the composer’s final opera, with conductor Stuart Stratford rising to its challenges

Rowena Smith

05, Jul, 2021 @11:26 AM

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From the sublime to the ridiculous: our critics best and worst of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Ahead of Radio 3’s broadcast of all four operas, we asked our writers which moments of the epic they love the most – and which they hope to never hear again

Tim Ashley, Andrew Clements, Rian Evans, Erica Jeal, Martin Kettle, Fiona Maddocks, Stephen Moss, Rowena Smith and Flora Willson

15, Feb, 2021 @12:01 PM

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La Bohème review – Scottish Opera's Covid-safe Puccini is a triumph
Scottish Opera’s witty, colourful and superbly sung production manages to capture the spirit of the piece while sticking to the social-distancing rules

Rowena Smith

07, Sep, 2020 @1:39 PM

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Nixon in China review – slick update for tale of Tricky Dicky's schmoozing
Scottish Opera brings an inventive postmodern eye to its revival of John Adams’s retelling of Nixon’s 1972 state visit

Rowena Smith

19, Feb, 2020 @2:39 PM

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SCO/Emelyanychev review – dynamic new conductor showcases his versatility
The chamber orchestra’s new principal conductor gave a vibrant and lithe account of one of Mozart’s grandest symphonies

Rowena Smith

15, Nov, 2019 @1:09 PM

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Tosca review – Scottish Opera's opulent staging still has plenty to say
Its three central performers make this latest revival of a 40-year-old production feel vital and engaging.

Rowena Smith

17, Oct, 2019 @6:10 PM

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