10 Nov 2005
A Man Doing a Woman's Job
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, 10 November 2005]
For those who think that classical music is fit only for the drawing rooms of ancient ladies, it may be a surprise to learn that some of the greatest works in the medium received their inspiration from steamy, passionate encounters. The Belgian composer Cesar Franck, for example, wrote a chamber piece - the Piano Quintet - so whitehot in its carnal intensity that his wife walked out of the premiere performance, understanding by its naked sensuality that it had to have been inspired by his mistress.