REVIEW: And London Burned

Jenna Douglas, Schmopera

And London Burned

In this 350th year since the Great Fire of London in September of 1666, Temple Church has commissioned the new opera by Matt Rogers and Sally O’ReillyAnd London Burned.

O’Reilly’s libretto draws from the historical accounts of the fire that swallowed a massive area of the City of London, along the Thames roughly between the Tower of London and Blackfriars Bridge, and north of the river as far as the Barbican Centre of today. Most of the City’s buildings and churches – including St. Paul’s Cathedral – were destroyed, along with the homes of 70,000 of the then 80,000 residents.

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