26 Sep 2005
A Celebratory Crown of Froth Fit for a King
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.
By Anne Midgette [NY Times, 26 September 2005]
Il Giglio d'Oro, the Golden Lily, is the name of the inn where Rossini's "Viaggio a Reims" is set. And Rossini gilded this lily with a vengeance.
An occasional piece written to celebrate the coronation of Charles X of France in 1825, "Il Viaggio" impractically called for 10 or 12 soloists. It is a long and almost plotless excuse for one musical set piece, one star turn, after another.