18 Apr 2011
Wuthering Heights, Minnesota Opera
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 George Loomis [Financial Times, 18 April 2011]
Like Sir Arthur Sullivan, who with his opera of serious presumption Ivanhoe sought out a higher aesthetic plane than operetta afforded, the great film composer Bernard Herrmann wrote Wuthering Heights.