26 Jun 2006
Mark Morris Talks About Purcell, Making Opera Sexy at the ENO
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 Warwick Thompson [Bloomberg.com, 26 June 2006]
June 26 (Bloomberg) -- When the Royal Opera House staged Henry Purcell's 17th-century opera ``King Arthur'' in 1995, it was four hours long and there was much snoring. Tonight, a new production opens at London's English National Opera. It's two hours long including the intermission, and it's unlikely there'll be any snoring with Mark Morris directing.