09 Nov 2006
An Opera Returns, Like the Tide
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.
(Photo: Wilfried Hösl)
By BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 9 November 2006]
The argument doesn’t exactly rage but it does go on — why does some music live past its own age, while some is very nearly left behind? One answer is a certain kind of quality, a genetic makeup that appeals as much now as it did then. There is also luck, good and bad.