11 Oct 2005
Puccini's Familiar Tale, but Peering Into the Dark Future
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 Jeremy Eichler [NY Times, 11 October 2005]
An adventurous fall is under way at the New York City Opera, with new productions of seldom-heard works like Paul Dukas's "Ariane et Barbe-bleue" and, later this month, Richard Rodney Bennett's "Mines of Sulphur." But as is the case with the major classical record labels, risk-taking is typically balanced by a steady stream of dependable staples. In that spirit, "Tosca" returned on Sunday afternoon, with John DeMain conducting and Carla Thelen Hanson making her company debut in the title role.