20 Oct 2005
This 'Peer Gynt' throws the focus on the music
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.
Michael Anthony [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 19 October 2005]
As a large-scale season-opener, VocalEssence presented a concert version of Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" by the National Opera of Norway in honor of the 100th anniversary of that country's independence from Sweden, for a two-night run at the Ordway Center. For the second of the two performances, Wednesday night, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon was in the audience