22 Sep 2005
Immortal Moments, Intermittently
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 Jay Nordlinger [NY Sun, 22 September 2005]
Massenet's "Manon" — not to be confused with Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" — has some of the most beloved music in opera. I think, particularly, of two soprano arias: "Adieu, notre petite table," a haunting G-minor beauty; and the Gavotte, kind of a showy party piece. And I think of the two tenor arias: "Le Reve" ("The Dream"), a piece of gentle D-major perfection; and "Ah, fuyez, douce image," a romantic outburst in E-flat major.