14 Oct 2005
Unsingable Maybe, Yet 'Daphne' Blooms
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 Anne Midgett [NY Times, 14 October 2005]
"Daphne" is the story of a woman who turns into a tree. Dramatic? Indubitably. Operatic? It depends on your outlook. After all, what you're left with, after the coup de théâtre, is a singing tree, which cannot but strike some listeners as a wee bit static. "Aida" it's not.