08 Oct 2005
Bluebeard and His Wives in the Age of Empowerment
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, 8 October 2005]
Pity Paul Dukas. He seems fated to be remembered only for his miraculous and ubiquitous 1897 score, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," immortalized in Disney's "Fantasia." But in his day Dukas, who died in 1935 in Paris, was a highly respected composer, teacher and critic, though his catalog of completed works is inexplicably meager.