23 Feb 2006
Opera feels the shock of the new
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.
Jonathan Dove is writing works as topical as the classics once were, writes Matthew Westwood
[The Australian, 24 February 2006]
JONATHAN Dove's Flight is possibly the first and only opera to be set in an airport departure lounge. And, perhaps because of that, it has travelled widely since its premiere at Britain's Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1998: to continental Europe, to North America and, next month, to Australia. When so many new operas have their first performance and are then promptly forgotten, this is an opera with legs - if not wings.