Arvin (William Hite) and Ned (Keith Phares) in The Scarlet Professor Opera

The Scarlet Professor

“… Eric Sawyer has a penchant for choosing historical events, especially local ones, as the subjects of his operas. This is the third that I have seen, each more polished and refined than its predecessor, with The Scarlet Professor scoring a 10/10 in my book.”

Marvin J. Ward
Classical Voice North America

The Garden of Martyrs

…it is a through-composed play wherein the words are sung and the music is sweet and strong and sometimes stunning, as in back to the wall-knees weak stunning. He composes with a lyric quality but without the need for a hit song to emerge. His orchestrations are full and reek of Poulenc and Weill and Stravinsky and Schoenberg and with the melodic quality over the strident and angular accompaniment Sawyer produces musical imagery that is simply spectacular. As the plot twists bring up memories of other works, the music stirs up the concepts of Dialogues of the CarmelitesAufstieg and Fall der Stadt MahagonnyThe Rake’s Progress and Pelleas and Melisande.

Peter Bergmann
Berkshire Bright Focus