24 Jan 2006
The 'It' Composer
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 © 2001)
By JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 24 January 2006]
Classical music has an "it" composer at the moment, and his name is Osvaldo Golijov. His press is ecstatic, and his publicity even more so. And for the next month, he will own part of New York, as Lincoln Center stages a festival in his honor: "The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov." That festival kicked off on Sunday afternoon with a performance of his opera, "Ainadamar," at the Rose Theater.