16 Oct 2005
Tchaikovsky classic revered by director, conductor of piece
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.
[Original artwork by Barry Downard; Photo by Media Arts Group; Model Mark Tomasic]
Donald Rosenberg [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 16 October 2005]
Composers aren't always totally smitten with their own music, which can be a good thing. Take Brahms, who threw out many of his early works, deeming them unworthy. Or Verdi, who revised several of his operas before he was satisfied.