06 Dec 2005
A Sense of Moment for New Settings of Poems by 3 Poets
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 ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 6 December 2005]
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center was excited about its new piece. The program notes for its concert on Sunday afternoon included thoughts from Fred Sherry, the cellist, about playing a new work. Before the performance, Wu Han, one of the organization's artistic directors, spoke from the stage, invoking the most famous premiere of modern times, Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," in 1913. The audience, she suggested, would be able to say, "I was there when Melinda Wagner's piece 'Four Settings' had its New York premiere."