02 Nov 2008
Getting a Handel on Baroque 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 ROBERT TRUSSELL [Kansas City Star, 1 November 2008]
Lyric Opera director Ward Holmquist thought it was time to expose his audience to the pleasures of Baroque opera.
That’s even though the most popular operas remain those written by Romantic composers in the 19th century. Think “La Boheme” by Puccini or Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Think soaring melodies, elegant harmonies and narrative drive.