19 Aug 2007
The Savvy Operator Who Aced That Newfangled Art Form, 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, 17 August 2007]
The 1950 book on Claudio Monteverdi by Leo Schrade, a penetrating study of a pivotal composer, is flawed only by its hyped-up title, “Monteverdi: Creator of Modern Music.” Monteverdi, the Italian master born in Cremona in 1567, loomed over the uneasy transition from the musical Renaissance to the Baroque. But the creator of modern music?