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Articles by David Smythe

Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © James Glossop

Natalya Romaniw thrills in Scottish Opera’s epic Eugene Onegin

By , 06 May 2018
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Laura Zigmantaite (Dryad), Mardi Byers (Ariadne), Elizabeth Cragg (Naiad) and Lucy Hall (Echo) © Richard Campbell

Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos is witty and passionate

By , 26 March 2018
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The Day After © Jamie Manton

Dove’s The Day After: Apocalyptic raw energy and verve at RCS

By , 08 March 2018
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Jennifer France (The Controller) © James Glossop

Dove’s Flight: Witty and poignant tale of airport life at Scottish Opera

By , 26 February 2018
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Karen Cargill © Ken Dundas

From Naxos to Carthage: Ancient Classical Tales from Karen Cargill and the Scottish Ensemble

By , 22 February 2018
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Krisztián Kocsis © Luca Kende

A Mozart showcase for two young pianists at Müpa, Budapest

By , 13 February 2018
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Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest

Senza sangue the ideal partner to Bluebeard’s Castle in sensational Hungarian double bill

By , 11 February 2018
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Allison Cook and Alex Otterburn © Jane Hobson

Scottish Opera’s Greek: a lively update on Oedipus

By , 05 February 2018
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David Lynn (Harlequin), Colin Murray (Emperor) and Joanna Harries (Drummer) © RCS | Robert McFadzean

Double dealings with Death: Sāvitri and The Emperor of Atlantis at RCS

By , 22 January 2018
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Catriona Morison © Julie Howden

Cardiff 2017 winner Catriona Morison’s recital première in Edinburgh

By , 22 January 2018
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The Dunedin Consort © David Barbour

An uplifting and joyous Christmas Oratorio from the Dunedin Consort

By , 17 December 2017
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Scottish Ensemble at St John's Kirk © Scottish Ensemble (2015)

Ancient and Modern: a beautiful Winter Chorale from The Scottish Ensemble and I Fagiolini

By , 11 December 2017
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Agnieszka Rehlis, Svetlana Sozdateleva and Evez Abdulla in rehearsal © Julie Howden

Madness, magic and spiritual mayhem: The Fiery Angel from Scottish Opera and RCS

By , 05 December 2017
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Tabula rasa © Hugh Carswell

Arvo Pärt’s Angel Music: poignant performances from the Scottish Ensemble and Vanishing Point

By , 11 November 2017
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Olari Elts © Marco Borggreve

Olari Elts and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra explore music drawn from nature

By , 03 November 2017
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Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the RSNO © Beth Chalmers

Searing Shostakovich 4 at the Edinburgh Festival: Russians and Scots recall 1962 Western première

By , 25 August 2017
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Dalibor Jenis (Macbeth) © Franco Lannino

Opulent Turin Macbeth arrives at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 20 August 2017
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Sally Carr and Calum Robertson © Rhona Christie

Edinburgh Fringe: Hot Chocolate at Old St Pauls is late night food for the soul

By , 18 August 2017
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Curtain call of Peter Grimes © Beth Chalmers

Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes

By , 14 August 2017
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Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler

Nicola Benedetti and Budapest Festival Orchestra in a legendary partnership in Edinburgh

By , 11 August 2017
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