03 Oct 2011
Controversy over Duluth Festival Opera's "Pocahontas" overflows to tears and curses in Burnsville
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 Lisa Steinmann [TC Daily Planet, 3 October 2011]
A scene in Pocahontas: A Woman of Two Worlds has Pocahontas (Linh Kauffman) falling to her knees with outstretched arms, portraying the anguish of a woman who struggles to understand who she is and where she belongs. The poignant moment, moreover, pinpoints the emotional controversy surrounding the opera since it made its Minnesota debut in Duluth on Sept. 22.