23 Sep 2010
Gluck the reformer
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 Larry Fuchsberg [StarTribune.com, 23 September 2010]
See the word "reformer" on the page and you're apt to think of some current political crusade. But reformers also sprout in the rich soil of the arts, and no art form boasts a more bountiful crop than the improbable concoction known as opera.