08 Oct 2005
'Carmen' With an Unexpected Gypsy
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 Anne Midgette [NY Times, 8 October 2005]
Opera's classic Cinderella story was reversed in the Metropolitan Opera's "Carmen" on Thursday night. Instead of an artist making her debut when the scheduled singer falls ill, it was the scheduled debut that was canceled when Milena Kitic, who was to sing the title role, had to withdraw. She was replaced by Nancy Fabiola Herrera, who already made her Met debut last year as Suzuki.