10 May 2010
'Amelia': Seattle Opera embraces challenge on a grand scale
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 Marc Ramirez [Seattle Times, 10 May 2010]
The set, loosely visualized in a basketball-gym-sized rehearsal space, evokes a 1980s-era North Vietnamese village. Onstage, through an interpreter, a man and wife tell a young American woman — the title character of Seattle Opera’s production of “Amelia” — what happened to her father years earlier.