17 Oct 2005
The Last of the Opera Buffa Genre
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, 17 October 2005]
Ah, Rossini! He never wrote a melody that he didn't use over and over again. A bit of a thieving magpie, he borrowed freely from his own work and anyone else whom he admired. The overture to "The Barber of Seville," which began its current run on Saturday night at City Opera, had been used at least twice before; the famous trio "Zitti Zitti" comes from Haydn; and, of course, "Una voce poco fa" is stolen from "Citizen Kane."