12 Aug 2008
Just Asking . . . Amy Tan
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 ROBERT J. HUGHES [Wall Street Journal, 9 August 2008]
Next month, the San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of "The Bonesetter's Daughter," based on the 2001 novel by Amy Tan, whose other books include "The Joy Luck Club" and "The Kitchen God's Wife." Ms. Tan wrote the opera's libretto (the text that goes with the music), her first. The music was composed by Stewart Wallace. "The Bonesetter's Daughter" tells the story of a Chinese-American woman and her immigrant mother. It is set in modern-day San Francisco and in the Chinese countryside during World War II. Ms. Tan spoke about the opera with the Journal.