07 Mar 2006
An opera's woes
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 David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 5 March 2006]
Almost as soon as the curtain came down on the Philadelphia premiere of Margaret Garner, word on the street was puzzled and puzzling. One after another, people described this eagerly anticipated Opera Company of Philadelphia commission as an experience quite different from mine last spring in Detroit, where Michigan Opera Theatre gave the world premiere.