"By treating the plight of one woman who underwent a great loss as a little girl and who, now pregnant, is determined to break what she feels is a cycle of destruction, Gardner McFall taps into elemental feelings. . . . In 2010, when Amelia receives its premiere at Seattle Opera, the full meaning of Gardner McFall's extraordinary words will become clear."
-Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera, from the foreword
"The characters quote literature and repeatedly quote each other in a libretto rich in allusion, metaphors, dreams and magical realism. These extra dimensions give poetry and depth to a story that, stripped of them, might have been just another sentimental tear-jerker centered on a fragile woman. The complexity is potentially confusing, but McFall and Wadsworth achieved admirable clarity...."
"It is a credit to Ms. McFall's poetic yet direct language and Mr. Hagen's expressive, basically tonal music that this psychological, metaphorical and theatrical layering works so well.... Everything about 'Amelia' seems to have been tailored exactly for it, thus powerfully communicating its message and its modernity in an engaging theatrical event."
-Wall Street Journal
"This is an opera of riveting dramatic and musical strength, proudly American yet rising above jingoism, profoundly personal yet universal in context.... Whether this in the masterly new American opera we have long been waiting for is a question best left to the future. For now, it stands as an achievement at once profound and hugely enjoyable."