Daniel Smith

Conductor Daniel Smith was most popular during the performance. Not only did he participate in the auction but he led Orchestra Victoria and the Opera Australia Chorus to the end of the trip. The concertato finale of Act 2 featuring fourteen individual lines was thrilling! A true crowd pleaser!
Daniela Kaleva
Australian Stage
Well worth the wait. Triumphant Australian premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne. Privileged too it is with young Australian Daniel Smith conducting. Vitality, colour and playfulness were abundant on opening night and Orchestra Victoria, gave perfection. Worth travelling far and wide for!
Paul Selar
Herald Sun
Orchestra Victoria delivered Rossini’s sophisticated score with great style, thanks to the superb direction of Daniel Smith (making a well overdue debut in his native Australia).
Peter Tregear
The Conversation
Five stars ★★★★★. Daniel Smith conducts with a surety and vigour that helps draw out the score’s grand scope, his pacing brisk but never rushed. The tonal shift in the final act is expertly handled, delicate and almost tender, with none of the bombast one could expect from a coronation scene. Orchestra Victoria plays with a joyousness and depth of feeling that seems to rub off on the entire audience. There’s something magic at play.
Tim Byrne
Time Out
An important debut was also made at this performance by young Australian conductor Daniel Smith. His long list of prizes and awards sees him busily engaged in Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and beyond. He led a noble performance by Orchestra Victoria and the OA Chorus in which he kept the massive score in a state of perpetual motion never lagging under the weight of its sheer size and volume. The reception for Maestro Smith was particularly warm and one hopes to see and hear more of him in future seasons. If the best time to leave a party is when it is in full swing, this opera ends OA’s Season on an exceptionally high note. Such a rarity deserves to be seen again and again.
Gregory Pritchard
The Classical Music Network
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