09 Aug 2005
A Double Bill at Glimmerglass
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
The question of whether two small operas, including one with but a lone singer, could fill the large stage of Glimmerglass Opera has been answered with a resounding yes. If the singers are in peak vocal condition and are equally good actors, that is almost all that is required.
Well, that and the music of master composers. The company serves that up easily with Jules Massenet's "Le Portrait de Manon" and Francois Poulenc's "La Voix Humaine."