20 Feb 2008
L.A. Opera unearths music suppressed by the Nazis
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 TIMOTHY MANGAN [The Orange County Register, 18 February 2008]
A listener has a rooting interest in Los Angeles Opera's "Recovered Voices" project. The annual series revives music suppressed by the Nazis, much of it, but not all, by Jewish composers, some of it by composers who died in concentration camps. If the Nazis hated it, it must be good, so the thinking goes.