17 Oct 2005
In the Land of Verdi, Where Egyptians Are Italian
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 Bernard Holland [NY Times, 17 October 2005]
Leave social relevance at home. File away those updates. Please, no metaphors for the human condition in 2005.
Verdi's "Aida" returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Friday night: big, loud and happy to flex its muscles - in other words, very much itself. Sonja Frisell and Gianni Quaranta designed and executed this grand grand-opera production 18 years ago, and this year's revival breathes nicely with Zoe Pappas's judicious stage direction and James Conlon's vivid conducting.