16 Jan 2006
Schumann Rarity: An Opera of Bits and Pieces of 'Faust'
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 16 January 2006]
CLEVELAND, Jan. 15 - Like the rest of us, Schumann yearned to be where he wasn't. In hand were his exquisite songs and piano pieces, the imperfect but inspired symphonies, and more. But over the next hill and just out of sight was opera. He never quite found how to get there.