31 Mar 2010
BSO/Jayce Ogren, Symphony Hall, Boston
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 George Loomis [Financial Times, 31 March 2010]
Like his 2005 cycle Neruda Songs, Peter Lieberson’s new Songs of Love and Sorrow has its origin in a Boston Symphony commission intended for his wife, the mezzo Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, with James Levine conducting. But this treasured singer died of cancer in 2006, and Lieberson subsequently contracted cancer himself.