Ricky Ian Gordon: The House Without a Christmas Tree

Gordon’s melodic, tonal score…fall[s] easily on the ears, often bringing to mind the late operas of Richard Strauss in its naturalistic setting of Vavrek’s dialogue… The pleasing score, congenial vocal demands and modest scale of “The House Without a Christmas Tree” give it a good shot at achieving staying power, attractive to professional opera companies of all sizes and to conservatories and universities.

–Eric Skelly, Houston Chronicle