08 Mar 2006
A Generous Soul Celebrated in Almost Continual Music
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, 8 March 2006]
Frank Loesser's music for "The Most Happy Fella" is more complex, varied and inventive than the scores of quite a few 20th-century works that proudly call themselves operas. Yet Loesser never thought of the show, which opened on Broadway 50 years ago, as an opera. "It's a musical, with a lot of music," he said. Actually, there is not just a lot, but almost continual music.