PRESS

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Opera Magazine | January 2019 Issue

Andrew Clark

"Gareth Williams' (...) willingness to tailor his own uncluttered musical language to Admiral Fallow’s ideas was the single most impressive element of Navigate the Blood."

Review: Navigate the Blood

NOISE Opera

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Opera Scotland | November 2018

John Rivers

"There is a thrilling immediacy in being so close to the performers, who have nowhere to hide in James Robert Carson’s simple but effective production"

Review: Navigate the Blood

NOISE Opera

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OperaWire | December 2018

Xenia Hanusiak

Best of 2018: OperaWire Staff Picks

Review: Rocking Horse Winner

Opera Saratoga

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ScotchWhisky.com | 06/11/2018

Tom Bruce-Gardyne

"There is a thrilling immediacy in being so close to the performers, who have nowhere to hide in James Robert Carson’s simple but effective production"

Review: Navigate the Blood

NOISE Opera

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The Times | 07/11/2018

Simon Thompson

★ ★ ★ ★

Review: Navigate the Blood

NOISE Opera

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Campbeltown Courier | 14/11/2018

Mark Davey

"a mesmerising musical feast"

Review: Navigate the Blood

NOISE Opera

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The Herald | 05/11/2018

Keith Bruce

★ ★ ★ ★

Review: Navigate the Blood

NOISE Opera

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The Herald | 15/10/2018

Neil Cooper

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

 

"Emanuel and Williams' trilogy honours the dead who have previously lain nameless in a way that lingers long after the music's final note has sounded"

Review: The 306: Dusk

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The Stage | 15/10/2018

Thom Dibdin

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

 

"Haunting and powerful"

Review: The 306: Dusk

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The Scotsman | 25/10/2018

Joyce McMillan

★ ★ ★ ★ 

 

"full of passion and pity"

Review: The 306: Dusk

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Classical Voice America | 06/07/2018

Xenia Hanusiak

"a gripping and provocative experience"

Review: Rocking Horse Winner

Opera Saratoga

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Ludwig Van Toronto | 27/06/2017

Michael Vincent

THE SCOOP | Rocking Horse Winner Dominates 2017 Dora Awards

Feature: Rocking Horse Winner

Tapestry Opera

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Opera News | 28/05/2016

Christopher Hoile

"one cannot imagine how the story could have been better told"

Review: Rocking Horse Winner

Tapestry Opera

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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.”

Review: HIRDA

NOISE Opera

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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.”

Review: HIRDA

NOISE Opera

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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.”

Review: HIRDA

NOISE Opera

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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.”

Review: HIRDA

NOISE Opera

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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.”

Review: HIRDA

NOISE Opera

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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.”

Review: HIRDA

NOISE Opera

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