15 Oct 2005
East Village Opera: Verdi in leather pants
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 Colleen Long [The Associated Press, 15 October 2005]
NEW YORK — The East Village Opera Company channels both Mozart and Freddy Mercury when they perform. And that's not a bad thing.
The 11-person group rearranges opera arias and overtures to add electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and leather pants. The result is a hybrid of '70s arena rock and classical music.