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The Lady from the Sea Press Reviews

"If you don't know Ibsen, but get Austen, you'll love it, although Zoe Strachan's libretto is more explicit and emotionally direct than anything either of them wrote. As a concise, lucid and poetic text it is exemplary and the narrative she, (Craig) Armstrong, and choreographer Kally Lloyd-Jones have put together with director Harry Fehr could hardly be bettered."

The Herald *****



"Armstrong’s soundscape is minimal yet lush, its tonal language at the start becoming atonal as heroine Ellida’s mind unravels. A “mermaid” trapped in the fjords, pining for the sea, she is torn between her safe, dependable husband and a former love who arrives unannounced. Strachan’s libretto boils down the wordy original and deftly takes eight characters through an emotional journey in 70 minutes."

The Independent ***



"Armstrong has a strong libretto to work with – Zoë Strachan’s taut compression of Henrik Ibsen’s psychologically stifling play of the same name – which, by the very nature of the exercise, is punchy, high-energy narrative.

From that, the composer has devised a score that is intoxicating in the images it amplifies – a dense minimalist soundscape that hangs like a dark cloud, obstinately stagnant in tonality (like the heroine Ellida’s mental entrapment), and magically transformed to match the unclouded resolution. Ever the film composer."

The Scotsman ***



'Claire Booth is glowingly eloquent in the title role, and two notably good tenors, Mark Milhofer and Alexander Sprague, stand out among a strong supporting cast. Derek Clark conducts wholeheartedly.'

The Daily Telegraph ***