14 Nov 2005
A Hummable Treat for All Ages
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, 14 November 2005]
Apparently I am the only person of my generation who has never read Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince." I am not quite sure whether that is a good or a bad thing, but at least I am better able to judge Rachel Portman's opera, which premiered on Saturday at the New York State Theater, on its own merits.