08 Dec 2009
'Threepenny Opera' makes most of grunge factor
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 Robert Hurwitt [San Francisco Chronicle, 8 December 2009]
It looks punk and “The Threepenny Opera” sounds kind of punk at first as well. But it doesn’t take long for the jazzy lyricism of Kurt Weill’s music and scathing irony of Bertolt Brecht’s lyrics to lift the Shotgun Players’ production above the limits of directorial concept.