07 Sep 2009
To aria is human, to tweet divine
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.
Marcia Adair [Toronto Star, 7 September 2009]
LONDON, ENGLAND-And so begins Twitterdämmerung, the new opera premiered at London’s Royal Opera House Saturday afternoon.
The libretto was created over three weeks by Royal Opera House Twitter followers, inspired by the party game Consequence, according to ROH spokesperson Sara Parsons, where one person writes a line to a story, folds the paper and hands it to the next person to write the following line. The result is then read aloud and hilarity ensues.