29 Nov 2010
Get with the contemporary classical programme? We already have
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 Tom Service [Guardian, 29 November 2010]
There's already a healthy debate going on in response to Alex Ross's article. Some of the comments agree with him that music has a particular problem, or suggest that John Cage et al really are the equivalent of the emperor's new clothes; others - rightly, in my view - exhort the naysayers to "open your mind, experience the new, and you may find that you enjoy music a good deal more".