31 Jan 2006
A Cornucopia of Orchestral Colors
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, 31 January 2006]
Passionate Freudian guilt is the subject of Arnold Schonberg's short opera "Erwartung." Spoken in pitch rather than sung, this onecharacter, one-act drama is part of the melodrama tradition, a body of work still familiar in the early years of the 20th century but virtually unknown today.