22 Sep 2005
A lightweight Jenůfa
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.
But Janáček's morality tale still mesmerizes
By Frank Kuznik [The Prague Post, 21 September 2005]
What a difference 100 years makes.
When Leoš Janáček finished his opera Jenůfa in 1903, he sent it to National Theater Director Gustav Schmoranz, who promptly rejected it. "For our sake and for yours we would like your work to be fully successful on the stage, but we fear that it would not be so," Schmoranz wrote back.