11 Oct 2005
High-Quality Music Making
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 Fred Kirshnit [NY Sun, 11 October 2005]
It is astonishing how many current opera reviews state that everyone in the cast was good. Either I have been attending all the wrong performances or my colleagues are simply not being discriminating enough. But Sunday afternoon at the New York City Opera, each cast member of the season premiere of Puccini's "Tosca" was actually in fine voice and blended expertly in thespian style.