11 Nov 2007
'Cosi' -- the joys and despair of deep love
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 LAWRENCE A. JOHNSON [Miami Herald, 11 November 2007}
Beethoven hated it. Most 19th century commentators condemned it as immoral and unworthy of its composer's genius. In modern times, it has been cited as an example of the dark side of the Enlightenment and even as a work imbued with ``anti-feminist sadism.''