Secret Garden review

 
Opera on Two Acts based on the novel by Frances Hodgeson Burnett

Newly revised version premiered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in July 2012 and at the Banff Festival of the Arts in Canada in August 2012 conducted by Dominic Wheeler and directed by Kelly Robinson.

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Opera Magazine September 2012
With composers as communicative as McNeff around, the future of music theatre looks as bight as the sunshine in his secret garden Christopher Webber

Calgary Herald
After 27 years, playwright/librettist Joan MacLeod and composer Stephen McNeff returned to where it all started, reprising a collaboration on their successful children’s opera based on the classic Francis Burnett novel… The result is a well-received, first-rate performance that should ensure that The Secret Garden remains in the repertoire for decades to come. Richard Bonfield

Audio Excerpt
Never Sleep (Night Song), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music conducted by Dominic Wheeler.

Many other audio tracks of Stephen McNeff’s music are available courtesy of Peters Edition via Spotify:

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