03 Oct 2005
Central City Opera's cry in wilderness
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 Kyle MacMillan [Denver Post, 2 October 2005]
I recall sitting next to one of the country's more prominent opera critics at a dinner at the Santa Fe Opera a few years ago and asking her if she had ever attended the Central City Opera.
She answered, "No," and gave me a look that seemed to suggest, "Why would I want to go there?"