“American mezzo Angela Brower was a compelling Composer, with empathetic stage presence and a voice to match.”


“Angela Brower, who sings and acts the Composer eloquently, observes the opera he has helped create and touchingly learns a lesson about the reality of love through vicarious experience.”

The Standard

“… Angela Brower is a properly impassioned Composer”

The Telegraph

 In the trouser role of the Composer, Angela Brower gives a tuneful account of a priggish character…”

The Stage

Angela Brower’s brightly sung Composer is present throughout the opera, observing earnestly.”

The Financial Times

Angela Brower, too, is one of few mezzos who sound comfortable in the soprano role of the Composer …”

The Times

Angela Brower’s Composer has theatrical presence and flashes with fury when his dream debut is being sabotaged. Brower is convincingly elevated and ecstatic when singing of the redeeming power of music, shaping the arioso beautifully.”

Opera Today

Brower plays The Composer straight, less neurotic than many predecessors in the role, taking all the few opportunities available to her for warm and not only urgently lyrical flourishes.”

The Arts Desk

“Angela Brower, in her first aria as the Composer, perfectly catches the evanescent beauty of the music’s shifting tones and moods, and casts her own spell over the Prologue.”

The Independent

“Brower was an ideal Octavian, the poise in her singing suggesting the Cavallier’s ardor; her unblemished tone indicating that, for all his sexual experience, this was still an adolescent boy.”

Musical America