14 Aug 2008
Glimmerglass Shakes It Up
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 James MacKillop [Syracuse New Times, 13 August 2008]
There’s more to William Shakespeare than the words. This summer Glimmerglass Opera of Cooperstown has programmed four otherwise unconnected works for musical theater based on their roots in the plays of Shakespeare. Gone are iambic pentameter, Elizabethan dress and all the famous quotes. Instead, we have something like the Bard as librettist, with whole characterizations and segments of plot lines rearranged for musical advantage.