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.
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