12 Aug 2008
At Tanglewood, a Weimar-era city of sin amid the Mozart
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 Jeremy Eichler [Boston Globe, 11 August 2008]
LENOX - At Tanglewood this weekend, it was Sacher torte and dark espresso, old Vienna and the jolt of opera making itself new. In the Shed the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave itself nothing to play but Mozart, leaving it to the Tanglewood Music Center to make the weekend's news. It did so with a fully staged production of Kurt Weill's brilliantly satirical "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" in the Tanglewood Theater.