18 Oct 2005
Van Opera kicks off season with Turandot
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 Graeme McRanor [24 Hours, 18 October 2005]
Soccer fans worldwide are acquainted with the aria Nessun dorma, the global anthem popularized by tenor Luciano Pavarotti, a fan of the game. But far fewer of the on-voice stadium crowds have an inkling that the lyrical work is from Puccini's Turandot, Vancouver Opera's season-opener.