14 Jan 2011
Ghost Opera & A Chinese Home
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 Peter McCallum [Sydney Morning Herald, 14 January 2011]
GHOST OPERA is not an opera in any normal use of the term but an evocative name for a theatrically presented Quintet for Strings and Pipa (which doesn't quite have the same ring). More to the point, it is an example of the fondness of the composer Tan Dun for bringing playful and imaginative theatrical dimensions to concert works, and of the Kronos Quartet's unique capacity to realise such boundary-pushing.