10 Nov 2009
Sylvia McNair powerful in Weill-filled "Songspiel" from American Opera Theater
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 Tim Smith [Baltimore Sun, 10 November 2009]
A Kurt Weill song can’t be mistaken for anything else. There’s something tense in the warmest of his melodic lines, something pointed in the simplest of his harmonies. And that’s even before you consider the words. Weill was inspired by some remarkable lyricists — Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Walter Mehring, Roger Fernay, Maurice Magre, Maxwell Anderson — who found fresh ways of addressing the old issues of love and loss.