05 Aug 2006
Thomas Adès' American premiere of 'Tempest' opera is a magical marvel of sound
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.
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 5 August 2006]
(08-05) 04:00 PDT Santa Fe -- For any composer out to make an opera of "The Tempest," Shakespeare helpfully provides a spec sheet. Prospero's enchanted island, as Caliban observes in the play, "is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not."