20 May 2008
Inspirations by Neruda, the Minutiae in Mahler
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 19 May 2008]
Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs” puts its trust in the staying power of five consecutive slow movements, in this case five vocal settings of Pablo Neruda’s sonnets. With impregnable dignity and great variety, Haydn succeeded at much the same challenge in his “Seven Last Words of Christ.”