11 Apr 2008
An Improbable 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.
(Photo: Ken Howard)
By KATE TAYLOR [NY Sun, 9 April 2008]
When a chance came up to talk to Philip Glass about mounting a work of his at the English National Opera, Phelim McDermott jumped on it. Mr. McDermott — who runs, with Julian Crouch, a theater company called Improbable — was hardly an opera buff, but he was a huge fan of Mr. Glass.