08 Jan 2007
Tweaking a Few Lines (They’ll None of Them Be Missed)
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, 8 January 2007]
Albert Bergeret and his New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players have been plying the Savoyard repertory for more than three decades — starting at a time when small operetta companies were plentiful in New York — and outliving all the competition. That isn’t how fans of this repertory, and even admirers of this company, would have wanted it; although the groups that flourished in the 1970s worked on tight budgets that barely allowed for makeshift sets and costumes, their combined activity kept the scene lively and the music on the stage.