30 Sep 2005
Adams & Atoms
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.
[Photo: Deborah O'Grady © 2003]
OPPENHEIMER AND THE BOMB EXPLORED IN NEW OPERA FROM PULITZER-WINNING COMPOSER
By Richard Scheinin [Mercury News, 29 September 2005]
John Adams is the Tiger Woods of classical music -- a marquee name, known even to people who don't really pay attention to what he does. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, who lives in Berkeley, also happens to make music that is relevant. Just look at the titles of his operas: "Nixon in China'' and "The Death of Klinghoffer,'' about the terrorist hijacking in 1984 of the Achille Lauro cruise ship.