This is the first recording of Dodgson’s 1979 chamber opera telling the true story of a Suffolk woman who was transported to Australia (its happy ending is fictional). Although recalling the light instrumental textures and immaculate word setting of works by Britten, the opera has a powerful presence and flawless skilfulness.
Howden, in the lead, is Australian, and the whole cast of 15 is impressive.
The Sunday Times
31st January 2021