12 Dec 2005
Savoring the Season of Comfort & Joy
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 12 December 2005]
Imagine how difficult it must be to hold a position as an official church composer when your country changes religions. Now imagine that there were three such changes in your lifetime, and you will have some idea of the trials and tribulations of Thomas Tallis, whose 500th birthday was celebrated Saturday evening at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. For Tallis to have kept his head - both literally and figuratively - is a testimony to his subtle compositional skills and his natural penchant for humble quietude.