15 Feb 2006
Opera & Society
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.
The current and forthcoming issues of The Journal of Interdisciplinary History examine opera and society. According to the Journal's editor, Theodore Rabb of Princeton:
The interactions between operas and the societies in which they were composed and first heard are of interest to both historians and musicologists, especially because operas since the seventeenth century have had significant connections with political and social change. The essays in this special double issue of the journal, entitled "Opera and History," pursue the connection in six settings: seventeenth-century Venice; Handel's London; Revolutionary Europe from 1790 to 1830; Restoration and Risorgimento Italy; Europe during the birth of Modernism from 1890 to 1930; and twentieth-century America.The Journal is accessible on a subscription basis only. However, one article by Ellen Rosand, Commentary: Seventeenth-Century Venetian Opera as Fondamente nuove , is freely available. Click here for access.