“Thérèse Raquin” Reviewed by the Toronto Star

Music traditionally yields the ability to be specific to an enhanced ability to make us feel emotion, and Picker's music is nothing if not emotionally charged... Broadly speaking, the composer has divided his two acts into a tonal and mostly consonant first act and, following the murder, a largely dissonant, contrapuntally turbulent second act. The design is not rigid. One of the opera's finest lyrical episodes, the heroine's aria "the white dove sat in the corner of the ark," appears in Act II. But the stylistic division does effectively reflect a fundamental darkening of tone in the lives of the characters.