26 Mar 2007
The Modern ‘Magic Flute'
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 STAN SCHWARTZ [NY Sun, 26 March 2007]
The house lights fade. The Maestro gives the downbeat, and the auditorium promptly fills with the majestic opening strains of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Two minutes in, however, just as the music quickens to the lively tempo of the overture's main theme, squiggly lines materialize within the black limbo space of the stage.