22 Mar 2006
Mozart on Beer Bottles, Paris Opera Roughs Up `Figaro'
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 Jorg von Uthmann [Bloomberg.com, 22 March 2006]
March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Lorenzo da Ponte's libretto and Mozart's music for ``Le Nozze di Figaro'' (1786) transformed stock characters of the opera buffa tradition into human beings, making it one of the most sophisticated operas.