10 Oct 2005
In Search of a Maiden With One Bare Foot
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 Allan Kozinn [NY Times, 10 October 2005]
The charms of "La Cenerentola," Rossini's telling of the Cinderella story, were apparent to European audiences at the opera's premiere, in 1817, and it did well in its first New York performances less than a decade later. But the work has been a rarity at the Met, which didn't stage it until 1997. Its Cesare Lievi production, with comic-book sets and costumes by Maurizio Balò, hasn't been seen much since then, either: its return to the repertory on Saturday evening, now under the direction of Sharon Thomas, was the work's 24th Met performance.