12 Aug 2008
Quote Him, Promote Him, Start Singing Him Now
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 STEVE SMITH [NY Times, 10 August 2008]
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Everyone knows that all the world’s a stage, but the current season at Glimmerglass Opera suggests a variant: All the stage’s a Globe. The company is presenting four works in repertory, each somehow related to Shakespeare. All four inhabit the same set, designed by John Conklin: a raw-lumber representation of the Globe Theater in London.