10 Aug 2005
Golijov's Aindamar at Santa Fe
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.
Ainadamar, Santa Fe Opera
By George Loomis [Financial Times, 10 August 2005]
Osvaldo Golijov's first opera, Ainadamar, was a disappointment at its premiere two years ago, especially for anyone susceptible to the Latin rhythms of his wildly popular St Mark Passion. But at a subsequent performance in Los Angeles, Peter Sellars saw its potential and teamed up with the composer and the librettist David Henry Hwang for a revised version, now in repertory at the Santa Fe Opera in a production by Sellars.