21 Feb 2006
A Most Familiar Tale, Told in a New Mix of Sounds
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 21 February 2006]
The composer Osvaldo Golijov fervently believes that a "new era of integration in music is beginning," as he writes in the program note to the festival of his works that Lincoln Center has been presenting. He sees an overdue dialog taking place between the past and the present, the popular and the serious, and, most important, between disparate international cultures. He has been an admirable instigator of that dialog.