Dream Hunter success: reviews

Dream Hunter received beautiful performances at Wilton's Music Hall, and was acclaimed by some very good reviews:

'an impressive new chamber opera by Nicola LeFanu.. Fuller's is a model libretto, inspiring responses and finding its fulfilment in LeFanu's sentient and highly charged music. Tracking the nerve system of each character, her score is both spiky with tension and, particularly in the voice of Catarina (delectably sung by Charmian Bedford) sensually melismatic.. these were quite some words, quite some music.

The subtlety of word and music makes this an irresistible 50 minutes that festival directors should be quick to take up.' The Times 06.02.2012

'LeFanu's little chamber ensemble encapsulates the different elements [of the story] with pin-point skill - the mystery, the danger, the repressed longings.' Financial Times 05.02.2012

'A tautly dramatic hour of intensely coloured, sinuous music. Director Carmen Jakobi produced some wonderfully fresh ideas.. the ensemble Lontano played with needle-sharp precision under the assured direction of Odaline de la Martinez.' The Observer 13.02.2012

'Beauty in all its operatic guises is at the heart of Nicola LeFanu's new opera 'Dream Hunter'..with its heady mixture of florid vocal lines, Mediterranean fervour, incantations to the moon and sexual awakening. Catarina's magnetic appeal is manifest in the beauty of her melismatic vocal part.. LeFanu's beautifully coloured score...is concerned with spinning a glittering web around the action.' TLS 24.02.2012