“The opera follows the outline of Dickens’ story but rather like sun-flares spins off into a world of its own. It delights and shakes you with Sharp’s performance as singer, actor and skald; he is nothing short of glorious. It makes you aware of the Victorian novella as a work extolling self-improvement. It draws parallels between the fallibilities of the world and Scrooge’s misanthropy, which is remediable as it turns out. If any of this seems a bit grim then do not worry: the experience glows but goes through stages that have a frisson not that far removed from Peter Ackroyd’s London documentaries.”

Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

“This thoroughly enjoyable film version, insightfully conceived and directed by H. Paul Moon, adds intriguing new dimensions to Deak’s winning and bravura musicalization. It’s first-rate and remarkably illustrative storytelling.”

Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News: Critic’s Choice

“Deak’s brilliantly atmospheric score…skillfully integrates everything from Hollywood schmaltz to Schoenbergian monodrama. This new version was made by independent filmmaker H. Paul Moon, the same man who put together Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty. The filming of the work itself is done with grace and a wealth of musical understanding, camera angles and instrumental spotlighting.”

Christian Morris, Composition:Today


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