07 Jul 2009
Opera has a crush on Handel
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 Kyle MacMillan [Denver Post, 5 July 2009]
Even if they have never heard of George Frideric Handel, most people are aware of the composer’s great Christmas and Easter oratorio, “Messiah,” or, at the very least, its Hallelujah Chorus.