15 Nov 2005
A Mozart Clan: Nice Sounds Veiled by One Celestial Note
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 JEREMY EICHLER [NY Times, 15 November 2005]
It can't be easy for the children and grandchildren of famous composers. Avoid music and you're somehow shirking destiny; try it out and you're haunted by legacy. Anna Mahler was a sculptor; Ronald Schoenberg became a judge; Gabriel Prokofiev is a D.J. working in Britain.