17 Oct 2005
A Revival That Can Hold Its Own
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 George Loomis [NY Sun, 17 October 2005]
Twenty years ago, "La Boheme" surpassed "Aida" as the opera most often performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Shorter and easier to cast, the Puccini opera also benefited from Franco Zeffirelli's enduring production, then only three years old. But despite a widely acknowledged shortage of Verdi singers, "Aida" has held its own at the Met in recent years, and big voices were on stage in requisite numbers when the opera made a solid seasonal debut on Friday night.