30 Oct 2008
Composer John Adams' biography is as lively as his music
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 Michael Upchurch [Seattle Times, 30 October 2008]
“Shaker Loops” “Hoodoo Zephyr” “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” — the titles alone of John Adams’ musical compositions suggest he’d make a lively, witty prose writer.