Subscribe to
Opera Today

Receive articles and news via RSS feeds or email subscription.







Recently in News

And London Burned: in conversation with Raphaela Papadakis

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.

Latest news


Welsh National Opera explores Madness for autumn season


New Releases from Opera Rara


A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony


On Site Opera Presents 'Barber of Seville' at Fabbri Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side


Il Trittico: Puccini's most underrated opera


Bizet's Carmen | English National Opera


Metropolitan Opera Stars Join Opera Las Vegas in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly


Lowering the tone


Celebrating Bidú Sayão's Birthday (11 May 1902)


The Rake’s Progress, Metropolitan Opera, New York


Three Tales, Imax Cinema, Science Museum, London


Die beste hochdramatische Sopranistin der Gegenwart


“Tarquin” an der Berliner Staatsoper: Vom Werden eines Diktators


Moses und Aron, Komische Oper Berlin


Death Clown for Cutie (Cav and Pag at the Met)


A broken heart in a bloodstained nightgown


Voices in space: Meredith Monk & friends construct musical cathedrals at 50-year anniversary concert


Beyond Falstaff in ‘Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor’: Otto Nicolai’s Revolutionary ‘Wives’




02 Sep 2007

Singing the Lament of a Fugitive Slave

graves_denyce.png(Photo: Devon Cass)
By MATTHEW GUREWITSCH [NY Times, 2 September 2007]

IN the fall of 2002 the composer Richard Danielpour was in residence at the American Academy in Berlin, orchestrating the first act of his first opera, “Margaret Garner” but still awaiting the words for the final scenes. For weeks, in calls to Princeton, N.J., he had been hounding his librettist, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison, who would answer quietly: “Good things take time. You have to wait.”

Send to a friend

Send a link to this article to a friend with an optional message.

Friend's Email Address: (required)

Your Email Address: (required)

Message (optional):