26 Sep 2005
'Carmen' glistens, fascinates
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 Wynne Delacoma [Chicago Sun-Times, 26 September 2005]
When it comes to operatic icons, Bizet's Carmen is in a class by herself. She has strong competition from leading ladies of the other operas that perennially top audience's Most Favorite lists -- Mimi in Puccini's "La boheme'' and two of Verdi's most memorable creations: Violetta of "La traviata'' and Aida. This being opera, they all wind up as corpses.