27 Jan 2006
Composer, and opera, are a mixed bag
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 RUSSELL PLATT [Newsday, 25 January 2006]
To his many fans, Osvaldo Golijov, the 45-year-old Argentine-Israeli-American composer, is a Schoenberg for the new millennium: at once a conservative carrier of tradition and a radical reformer who invented a new type of composition. He is also a man who enjoys entertaining an audience, as his one-act opera "Ainadamar" ("Fountain of Tears"), which began its three-performance run at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater on Sunday afternoon, proved once more.