25 Aug 2006
An Opera That Delivered a Eureka Moment to Mozart
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 ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 25 August 2006]
In its two opera productions this summer, Mostly Mozart focused on the protracted moment when Mozart found his operatic voice. Passing over his nine early-stage works, from “Apollo et Hyacinthus” through “Il Re Pastore,” the festival first looked at “Zaide,” an incomplete score that was fleshed out here with orchestral interludes from “Thamos.” It didn’t work particularly well: a listener more taken with the “Thamos” borrowings than with “Zaide” might have wished that the pit band, Concerto Köln, had played a symphonic concert instead.