12 Nov 2005
A SERIOUS KIDS' OPERA
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 Sam Hurwitt [SF Chronicle, 13 November 2005]
On its face, "Brundibar," the children's opera adapted by Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner, is a simple, charming tale about standing up to bullies and overcoming adversity, with a little help from your friends.
In reality, the opera has its roots in the Holocaust.