08 Jul 2008
Levine Wages Berlioz’s Trojan War
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 ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 8 July 2008]
LENOX, Mass. — James Levine opened the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer season at Tanglewood here exactly as he closed its formal season at Symphony Hall in Boston, with a concert performance of Berlioz’s biggest, meatiest and most hair-raisingly passionate score, the opera “Les Troyens.” As a concession to its five-hour duration, he adopted a time-honored way of presenting it, with Part 1 (the first two acts, “La Prise de Troie”) on Saturday evening, and Part 2 (the final three acts, “Les Troyens à Carthage”) on Sunday afternoon.