13 Sep 2005
La Traviata at the Aotea Centre
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 William Dart [New Zealand Herald, 14 September 2005]
Dmitry Bertman's La Traviata will doubtlessly ring a few changes on the Verdi classic when the NBR New Zealand Opera season opens tomorrow night at the Aotea Centre.
When this production debuted in Canada six years ago, Verdi's heroine was "more disco than salon" for one critic, who said there were boos mixed with the cheers during the curtain-calls. Not necessarily a bad thing, he concluded.