06 Mar 2006
Opera's Got A Brand-New Rag For One Night
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 BARBARA HOFFMAN [NY Post, 6 March 2006]
SCOTT Joplin, the Ragtime King, wrote one opera - but, as far as success goes, it was no "Maple Leaf Rag."
Instead, "Treemonisha," a 1911 work about African-American slaves' emergence into the modern world, fell on deaf ears, which broke Joplin's heart and presumably hastened his death (in 1917).