The libretto, by Mark Brownell, with translations and Cantonese lyrics by George Wong, is underwrought
. Individual scenes work extremely well, but the whole is mitigated by weak linkages (the father-daughter recognition scene, for example, which seemed inexplicable).
Poe, for example, respected Simms, and well he should have, for Simms' achievement in poetry makes Poe's look overwrought, in one sense, and underwrought
, in another.