15 Oct 2007
San Francisco Opera's 'Magic Flute' a bit out of tune
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.
(Photo by Terrence McCarthy)
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 15 October 2007]
One of the things that makes "The Magic Flute" so difficult to pull off is that Mozart's late opera begins as a comic-book fairy tale and then takes on philosophical weight - not always convincingly - as it goes along.