21 Jul 2010
Pity the Supplicant, Beware the Gatekeeper
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 Anthony Tommasini [NY Times, 21 July 2010]
Anyone who has waited in line at the post office or tried to get some officious bureaucrat to process an application will respond to the central dilemma of “La Porta Della Legge,” the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s latest opera, which had its North American premiere courtesy of the Lincoln Center Festival on Tuesday night at John Jay College.