16 Apr 2007
Inventive staging, skilled cast bring 1836 drama to life
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 Anne Marie Welsh [San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 April 2007]
Eighty-two years is a long time to wait for the work that launched 20th-century music drama. The wait ended Saturday – and a door to its future may have opened, too – with the San Diego Opera's first production of Alban Berg's “Wozzeck” (1925) in an innovative, fluent, surprisingly somber staging directed by the Tony-winning director emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, Des McAnuff.