13 Sep 2005
OPERA OPENING NIGHT — Caravan of the exotic in San Francisco
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 Catherine Bigelow [SF Chronicle, 12 September 2005]
The 83rd season of the San Francisco Opera blew in sirocco-style Saturday at the company's opening-night gala.
But neither fierce winds nor the added drama of a presidential presence and a cranky camel derailed the colorful caravan that was the Opera Guild's Midnight at the Oasis Opera Ball.