“Ambitious…glorious…expresses its emotions on an epic “Jesus Christ Superstar” scale…it’s a knockout…Tappin is a writer of considerable talent. He obviously feels great passion for the dream” - Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“Tappin’s music carries the night in Opera Carolina’s I Dream’’ - Broadway World.
“For as long as the eternal shadows of racism, poverty and war linger, ordinary people will always dream of brighter days ahead. And where better, but in a theatre, to do so…” – Huffpost.
“... the life of Dr. King as chronicled in I DREAM is right on time as a reminder of what the fight was for.’’ - RollingOut.com.
“The house was packed… young and old, black and white, there together to take in this extraordinary work.’’ - Laura Pollie Johnson, CVNC.
“If I were you, I’d see I Dream because it is magnificent and destined to be a part of theatrical history.’’ - Manning Harris, InTown.
“I Dream celebrates the choice to confront injustice not with anger and violence, but with love. This unique retelling of Dr. King’s story will move and inspire audience members of all ages. ” - Joe Kozakiewicz, (President Opera Affiliates and Director, Michigan University’s Chance at Childhood Program).
“The work is powerful. At times, it is squirm-in-your-seat uncomfortable, provoking in the viewer a need for answers…Simply put, I Dream does everything it is supposed to do. It is art.” - Toledo Blade.
“I Dream is a triumph. The music is delightful, powerful, expressive…the pace of the opera is breathtaking with not a dull moment in the production, it just moves smartly along…a remarkable production!” - Fletcher Word, The Sojourner’s Truth.
“The performance is unlike anything you’ll see this year. It’s moving, it’s powerful and it’s innovative. In our uncertain times I Dream is a refreshing and imaginative adaptation of one of our country’s most influential leaders.” - Jacqueline Parker, Clture.com.
“Audiences in Charlotte will witness performance unlike any Opera Carolina has ever offered...expect a range of emotions, from exhilaration to tears...It’s extremely powerful…the most impressive and most significant piece.” - Charlotte Observer.
“The house was packed with a diverse constituency I thought I'd never see at an opera – young and old, black and white, there together to take in this extraordinary work…The libretto is peppered with King's thoughts and very human doubts about his mission to love and to lead his people through a pivotal time in history…The production's title sponsor, Novant Health, has taken [Tappin's lyrical question: Will It Always Be This Way?"] to heart and launched a leadership program for the "hidden" individuals in the Charlotte community who lack access to leadership resources and develpment opportunities...This production has resulted in much more than attending the opera - a continuing dialogue about what it is to be human and free. Bravi tutti!” - CVNC. Laura Pollie Johnson.