14 Dec 2008
Jake Heggie's 'Three Decembers'
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, 13 December 2008]
It’s a rare theatrical work that offers its own most withering critique, but “Three Decembers” - the tiresome new chamber opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer that opened a brief three-performance run on Thursday in UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall - is one.