22 Oct 2005
A Composer Happily Returns to 'The Mines'
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 21 October 2005]
THE history of opera is filled with stories of great works that were received indifferently at their premieres and then slipped into oblivion, only to receive their due many years later. But this was not the case with "The Mines of Sulphur."