02 Dec 2008
Two operas, scaled for a chamber
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 Jeremy Eichler [Boston Globe, 2 December 2008]
The Boston Early Music Festival attracts crowds from near and far for its biennial productions of Baroque opera. But offering one big, splashy presentation every other year has made BEMF seem like more of an occasional visitor to the opera world rather than a serious player. To firm up its opera credentials both at home and on the national scene, the organization has hired Gilbert Blin as an in-house stage director and it has launched a new series of chamber operas to be performed annually in Jordan Hall.