14 Sep 2005
S.F. Opera opens on a high note
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 Tiger Hashimoto [S. F. Examiner, 11 September 2005]
A famous French actor was quoted on his deathbed: "Tragedy is easy; comedy is hard." Which possibly explains why San Francisco Opera has not been very amusing for the last four years.
All was rectified Saturday night at the War Memorial Opera House when the company unveiled only its second production ever of Gioachino Rossini's tart little satire, "L'Italiana in Algeri" (The Italian Girl in Algiers).