10 Dec 2005
'Hansel and Gretel' a delicious holiday treat
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 ROB HUBBARD [Pioneer Press, 10 December 2005]
While the Minnesota Orchestra has been celebrating the Christmas season with Handel's "Messiah" for decades and more recently added Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to the mix, there was something missing from the programming: a sense of childlike wonder at the magic and mystery that the season brings.