02 Jul 2006
The Dreams and Drama of Two Unconventional Operas
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 2 July 2006]
WHAT constitutes a suitably dramatic concept for an opera? It is only natural that as composers continue to grapple with this formidable genre, they seek new answers to this old question.