Recorded at the premiere performance by the Center for Contemporary Opera in March, 2011, The Secret Agent, with libretto by J.D. McClatchy based on Joseph Conrad’s story, has since been presented at the Armel Opera Festival in Hungary and the Opéra Théatre d’Avignon in France. Though the original story was written in 1907, it remains chillingly relevant today in our terror-haunted world. OnStage noted that “… in the tradition of “Makropulos Affair,” “From the House of the Dead,” “Wozzeck” and “Pelléas et Mélisande”— its music is urgent, agitated and intense, with occasional lyrical interludes.” This is composer Michael Dellaira’s third opera and his first collaboration with the noted librettist J.D. McClatchy.
"...Special praise must also go to Jobin and her ad hoc ensemble of 13 musicians. They played with consummate skill, expanding and contracting their sound almost at will as the dramatic situation demanded... this is an interesting work deserving of further performances." - Lynn René Bayley
"... Warmly recommended to enthusiasts of contemporary opera, and American music in general." - David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare - March/April 2014