11 Sep 2009
Mid-19th-Century Tale With Oedipal Plot Twist
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 Steve Smith [NY Times, 11 September 2009]
Few recent operas have enjoyed the success that Tobias Picker’s “Emmeline” achieved on its arrival in 1996. Its critically acclaimed debut production at the Santa Fe Opera was nationally televised on PBS and issued on CD; New York City Opera mounted the work in 1998.