14 Sep 2010
Met Opera Plans a Baroque Pastiche
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 Daniel J. Wakin [NY Times, 14 September 2010]
They called it a pasticcio — pastry — a mishmash of arias by different composers, sometimes given new texts and often chosen by the singers. The practice of throwing together an opera from snippets, also called a pastiche opera, was standard operating procedure from the late-17th to late-18th centuries: a practice unthinkable in our age of textual authenticity.