02 Oct 2005
Imagining That Handel Had Known Mobsters
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 Anthony Tommasini [NY Times, 1 October 2005]
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30 - It has become so common to present Handel operas in modern dress that when the director Stephen Wadsworth gave his production of "Rodelinda" at the Metropolitan Opera last season an elegant 18th-century look, the concept seemed a daring theatrical stroke.