28 Oct 2008
Oakland Opera does Stravinsky
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.
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 28 October 2008]
The odd proportions of the Oakland Opera Theater’s scrappy new all-Stravinsky double bill begin to make perfect sense once you think in culinary terms. The show, which opened over the weekend in the company’s bare-bones warehouse space near Jack London Square, comprises a 70-minute main course followed after intermission by a quick 25-minute dessert.