Great success for Maestro Daniel Smith for his debut at Sydney Opera House:
“It’s not often that the conductor of an opera wins more applause than the cast, but that was what happened on the opening night of “Il Viaggio a Reims” in the Sydney Opera House. Australian conductor, Daniel Smith for his first conducting engagement in Sydney for Opera Australia, was given a rock-star ovation and won himself a legion of admirers, as much for his enthusiastic involvement in the opera as for the scintillating performance he encouraged from both singers and orchestra."
- Bill Stephens OAM (Arts Review)
“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."
- Tim Byrne (TimeOut)
“Daniel Smith conducted with incisive energy, successfully corralling large ensembles, including a cleverly scored, 14 voice finale to the second act."
- Peter McCallum (The Sydney Morning Herald).