09 Aug 2007
Four Trips to Hell and Back at the Opera
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 7 August 2007]
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Aug. 5 — Orpheus, the awesomely gifted musician and poet of ancient myth, whose lyrics and songs could entrance wild animals and alter the course of churning rivers, is the hero of countless operas, including Monteverdi’s landmark “Orfeo” of 1607. With this historic work Monteverdi set the parameters and pointed the way for what was to come in the genre.