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Herald Scotland | 07/12/2015

Keith Bruce

★ ★ ★ ★

“Tilts at contemporary Scottish opera are not exactly uncommon, but this NOISE company commission from a composing team of Chris Stout and Gareth Williams with a libretto by Sian Evans sets and meets its own high standards.”

“Stout and Williams have combined their talents in a style that sets a benchmark for traditional and classical collaboration.”

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Bachtrack | 05/12/2015

David Smythe

★ ★ ★ ★

“There is a strange magic to Hirda, a beguiling adventure across classical and folk boundaries. The haunting blend of the voices and the music is still ringing in my head.”

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The Guardian | 29/11/2015

Kate Molleson

 

★ ★ ★ ★

“Glasgow company NOISE aim to create nimble opera for new audiences. Hirda was as accessible as it was intended to be.”

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The Shetland Times | 27/11/2015

Alex Garrick-Wright

"Hirda is a warm, affectionate and delightful ode to Shetland that enraptured the audience, nearly brought the house down from the immense and sustained applause, and deserves a place in the cultural pantheon of the isles.”

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The Scotsman | 05/12/2015

David Kettle

★ ★ ★ ★

“this brand new opera feels like it’s got true Shetland blood pulsing fiercely through its veins”


“soaring, heartstring-pulling music, enormously powerful in conveying the opera’s intense emotions.”

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Opera Magazine | 2015

Andrew Clark

“unites Scottish folk music and Shetland dialect with the classical forces of chamber opera, making for a potent brew.”

 

“Hirda deserves to go places.”

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