02 May 2006
Lost-and-Found Tale for the Ages
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 ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 2 May 2006]
Massenet has always gone down easy. He did when he was one of Paris's most popular composers in the late 19th century, and he did even when his works were rather dismissed as sweet trifles, and for much of the 20th century he was remembered mainly for the Meditation from "Thaïs."