25 Oct 2005
An Opera Without Melodies
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 25 October 2005]
Imagine that Shakespeare had titled that play "The Murder of Gonzago" rather than "Hamlet" and you will have a good notion of the conceit of Richard Rodney Bennett's "The Mines of Sulphur," which had its City Opera premiere on Sunday afternoon.