Reactions to The DREAM HEALER

The music has a delicate, impressionistic perfume to it – mysterious, with a hint of poison in the air … and, emerging from the swirl like a shining dagger, an aria of spectacular beauty. (Emma's aria Orchard) does a wonderful job of capturing a subject dear to Timothy Findley’s heart, the conflicted being.

Max Wyman, arts and culture commentator, Order of Canada recipient, former board member of the Canada Council for the Arts and past president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO




The music and the libretto have an obvious visceral impact. The orchestration is brilliant and the solos enhance the dramatic effect. ...totally engrossing...

Robert Sunter, retired radio program director for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation




Burritt’s style is resolutely tonal and tuneful. ...the music speaks with its own eloquence....memorable for its vitality and scope...

David Gordon Duke, critic, lecturer, adjudicator and composer




I have been unable to be free of The DREAM HEALER; it has stayed with me...quite disturbingly at times. ...loved the horrible joy of it all on stage...moments of real terror...on the edge of my seat, time and again. The ending has really haunted me; it is so powerful – musically and dramatically. What a lot to think about; the subject matter, the atmosphere, the strangeness and the beauty and the mystery and the terror....and oh! the music.

Margaret Horsfield, author and previously a reporter for the BBC, the CBC, The Guardian, The Independent and She magazine




...wonderful and essential fluidity...an engaging experience....a score that presented numerous challenges to every section.

JH Stape, critic, professional editor and writer




The score and libretto, in combination with the set and concept, makes for a gripping evening of opera. The story is completely absorbing.

Bramwell Tovey, conductor, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra




The music is soulful...a wonderful job of composition.

Dr. Thomas B. Kirsch, Jungian scholar, past president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, San Francisco






...a powerful drama and the stirring quality of the music reached out to the audience. ...new works of such a scope are few and apart.

Sylvia L’ Écuyer, Réalisatrice/Senior Music Producer, Espace Musique Radio-Canada




The music is approachable, evocative and emotionally encompassing. Rhythms vary from sustained lyricism to bouncy waltz. The conflicts among the character are expressed both subtly and overtly. The audience is swept up into the passion of the piece.

Hilary Clark, Contributing Writer, North Shore News




... the launch of a major and significant addition to the Canadian operatic canon.

Donna Wong-Juliani, General Director, Opera Breve