03 Oct 2005
Ariadne auf Naxos, Metropolitan Opera, New York
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 Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 3 October 2005]
They might as well have called the show — and I do mean show — Zerbinetta auf Naxos. The non-capacity crowd at the Met roared on Thursday for a pretty newcomer, Diana Damrau. Portraying Richard Strauss's eternal coquette, she sounded phenomenal. Apparently no one had told her that this is one of the most difficult challenges ever inflicted on a coloratura soprano. She found no ascent too high, no embellishment too complex, no test too long.