31 Jan 2006
A Sprite Far From Heaven in a Quest for Redemption
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.
(Photo: Christian Steiner)
By BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 31 January 2006]
Schumann's reputation as a maximalist has not been helped by the oblivion visited on his only opera, "Genoveva," or on the curious hybrid quality of "Scenes From Goethe's 'Faust,' " a piece unable to decide whether it belongs on the stage or in the concert hall. The quasi-Oriental oratorio "Das Paradies und die Peri," put on by Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday, is something else altogether.