05 Nov 2005
A 'Figaro' From a World Unhinged
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, 4 November 2005]
Jonathan Miller's tasteful production of "Le Nozze di Figaro" at the Metropolitan Opera remains a laid-back endeavor that wisely affords Mozart's comedy ample room to move and breathe amid Peter Davison's spacious and mostly realistic sets. Now directed by Robin Guarino, it returned on Wednesday with nary a heavy-handed interpretation in sight.