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Articles by David Smythe

Stephen Richardson (The Mikado) © James Glossop

Scottish Opera’s Mikado: A Victorian variety show on Japanese Night

By , 09 May 2016
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Sir Willard White (Vodník) and Anne-Sophie Duprels (Rusalka) © James Glossop

Traditional Rusalka a visual feast for Scottish Opera

By , 11 April 2016
****1
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Andrew McTaggart (Dr Caligari) © Tim Morozzo

Scottish Opera Connect’s chilling Cabinet of Doctor Caligari raises the hairs

By , 11 April 2016
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Nicola Bendetti © Kevin Westenberg

Benedetti, MacMillan and Berlioz: a feast of treats from the RSNO

By , 20 March 2016
*****
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Gabriela Montero © Shelley Mosman

Bach, Piazzolla and more explored in Scottish Ensemble's South Atlantic crossings with added Venezuelan spice

By , 13 March 2016
****1
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Kenneth Reid ('Mavra') and Victoria Stevens (Parasha) © KK Dundas

Mavra and The Bear: Russian Tales delight at RCS Opera Studio

By , 28 February 2016
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Caitlin Hulcup (Ariodante) © James Glossop

A very finely sung Ariodante from Scottish Opera

By , 21 February 2016
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McFall's Chamber © Douglas Robertson

20 years of McFall’s Chamber: Zappa, Zawinul and lots more

By , 18 February 2016
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RCS Voices © Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Thrilling Stravinsky showcase from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

By , 10 February 2016
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Steven Page (Old Man) and Nicholas Sherratt (Richard) © Bill Cooper

The Devil Inside: a deeply chilling opera receives its world première in Glasgow

By , 24 January 2016
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Khanyiso Gwenxane (Ferrando) and Grace Durham (Dorabella) © Ken Dundas

Intriguing First World War Così fan tutte at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

By , 18 January 2016
***11
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The Scottish Ensemble at St John's Kirk © Fraser Band

Scottish Ensemble's spiritual “three Pärts Bach” by candlelight

By , 14 December 2015
****1
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Laura Margaret Smith (Muireall) and Andrew Dickinson (Iain) © Davie Gardner

Hirda: Ancient and Modern intertwine in a beguiling new opera from Shetland

By , 05 December 2015
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Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance in The Goldberg Variations © Hugh Carswell

Bach interpreted through dance: The Goldberg Variations in Aberdeen

By , 21 November 2015
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Iestyn Davies © Marco Borggreve

Perfect Baroque: a memorable Theodora from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 23 October 2015
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Justina Gringyte as Carmen © James Glossop

Justina Gringyte is a fabulous Carmen in Scottish Opera's Revival

By , 19 October 2015
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McFall's Chamber © Douglas Robertson

McFall's Chamber looks North: a discovery of music from the Baltic

By , 14 October 2015
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Thomas Dausgaard © Per Morten Abrahamsen

Flying swans and dappled sunlight: captivating all-Sibelius journey from the BBC Scottish

By , 11 October 2015
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Komische Oper's The Magic Flute © Iko Freese, drama-berlin.de 1

Komische Oper’s Die Zauberflöte enchants at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 28 August 2015
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Melanie Gowie (Cio-Cio San) and Alistair Digges (Pinkerton) © Opera Bohemia

Opera Bohemia’s Butterfly brings a flutter of excitement to the Fringe

By , 25 August 2015
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