17 Oct 2006
DESIREE COOPER: It's time to give 'Porgy and Bess' another look
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 DESIREE COOPER [Detroit Free Press, 17 October 2006]
In 1998, I went to my first production of "Porgy and Bess."
I felt almost ashamed that I'd never seen one of the most significant American operas before, especially since it was about African Americans. The opera's opening song, "Summertime," almost seems like part of my DNA.