19 Sep 2005
S.F. Opera defies expectations in 'Rodelinda'
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.
[Left: Catherine Naglestad (Photo: Artists Management Zurich)]
By Georgia Rowe [Contra Costa Times, 19 September 2005]
"Rodelinda" made its first appearance at San Francisco Opera on Saturday night, and it was sensational. Handel's 1725 baroque masterpiece had never been presented on the company's main stage before; the demands of the work are colossal, and many opera companies simply leave it to early music specialists. But the 3-hour, 35-minute production unveiled at the War Memorial Opera House defied expectations.