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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Press Reviews

 

‘The decision to restage Olivia Fuch’s Royal Opera studio production of Benjamin Britten's opera ain the composer’s centenary year for the annual collaboration between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Opera was a superb one. Fuch’s staging, crisp and modern in a modular, neon and sharply –dressed way, and brilliantly eloquent, gives an ideal platform for the young singers – and the instrumentalists who join the opera orchestra in the pit…the stage-craft on show is impressive. If the mechanicals inevitably steal the show in a hilarious final Pyramus and Thisbe, with Andrew McTaggart’s Bottom at the head of the pack’
The Herald ****

 

‘distinguished performances from Catriona Morison’s sensitive and velvety Hermia, Daniel O’Connor’s radiant Demetrius, and Andrew McTaggart’s strong characterisation of the idiot Bottom. And in the difficult coloratura role of Tytania, Elinor Rolfe Johnson sustains a confident presence…The real highlight, though, is aerial performer Jami Reid-Quarrel’s supreme characterisation of Puck, compelling in every sense.’
The Scotsman ***

 

‘the Rustics are led in endearing performances by Ronan Busfield (Flute) and Andrew McTaggart (Bottom), both former RCS students and currently on the Scottish Opera’s emerging artists programme.’
The Guardian ***
 

‘this was a demanding challenge for the cast, both musically and physically. The principal performers were more than up to the job; they are highly remarkable performers in terms of vocal delivery…in terms of sheer performance and stage presence, Bottom (Andrew McTaggart) held the full attention of the audience. ‘
Edinburgh Evening News ***

 

‘The union between Scottish Opera and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has no exact parallel in the UK. Students sit alongside professionals in the orchestra. They share the workload backstage. The cast consists of conservatoire singers with members of Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists programme. The undertaking is perhaps even more important than the results. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers no shortage of opportunities for young singers…The Mechanicals had a gift of a Bottom in Scottish baritone Andrew McTaggart, and in Ronan Busfield’s Flute/Thisbe – both with burgeoning careers at Scottish Opera. Deliciously funny and versatile, Busfield was pretty in pink and sang well up agains tht wall to his beloved Bottom/Pyramus.’
The Observer