10 Feb 2011
Composer Ana Sokolovic taps contemporary opera’s taboo emotion with Love Songs
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 Alexander Varty [Straight.com, 10 February 2011]
If there’s anything that links the various contemporary operas that have been produced in Vancouver over the past few years, it’s the diversity of their subject matter. Architecture, astronomy, diplomacy, and madness have all come under librettists’ scrutiny, showing that the operatic form is not afraid to tackle big issues. However, there’s one big issue that modern-day operatic composers seem reluctant to explore—and that’s surprising, given that it was the topic of choice for some of the best-loved operas ever written.