08 Dec 2005
Making Artistic Trade-Offs at Glimmerglass 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 DANIEL J. WAKIN [NY Times, 8 December 2005]
Worried about offending moral sensibilities, Glimmerglass Opera has asked the creators of a new work coming next summer to take "whore" out of the title.
Officials of Glimmerglass, the summer festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., denied they were being prudish but said the word could have kept patrons away. The composer, Stephen Hartke, and the librettist, Philip Littell, acquiesced, and "Boule de Suif, or The Good Whore," is now being called "The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif."