17 May 2007
Glimmerglass on a New Course
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 NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT [NY Sun, 17 May 2007]
The changing of the guard at all three New York opera houses — the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera — has coincided with a slump in live audiences for classical music and opera. The old certainties that guided opera production for decades have gone, and there are no quick fixes. As the new general director of Glimmerglass, Michael MacLeod, put it, "The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train."