The Wall Street Journal: "A Remarkably Inventive A Cappella Premiere" - Heidi Waleson
NewMusicBox.org: "As for why it startled me, it was simply totally unexpected. It sounds nothing like what I imagine an opera based on Shakespeare would sound like. And yet it totally works." - Frank J. Oteri
Fanfare Magazine: "There is nothing like Michael Ching's A Midsummer Night's Dream: opera a cappella. The full title tells it...the piece is not traditionally operatic in idiom, even though it is in form. Composer Michael Ching describes it as 'genre-bending,' and that is an apt description."
Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB): "Perhaps even more important than the work itself is what its existence could mean for the future...this meeting of the minds could spur a growth in theatrical projects accompanied by voicestra, or a basis for new projects in the classical meets a cappella realms."
Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC): "This is a captivating, charming, enchanting, and entertaining rendering of the story and the text." - Marvin J. Ward
Iowa Public Radio: Michael Ching ...(brilliantly) dispenses with instruments altogether. In a tale centered on youthful infatuation he finds vitality in our musical vernacular.
Memphis Business Journal: "Opera Memphis is receiving national attention for its latest production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream..."
Albany Times Union: "...the music steps into each successive realm, both the writing and musical execution are deft and assured."
Contemporary A Cappella Society: "Composer Michael Ching puts an innovative twist on a beloved classic in the world premiere of his new operatic version of William Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. The production will be the ﬁrst attempt by any North American opera company at a full length mainstage opera performed entirely a cappella."