25 Nov 2005
At Eclectic Zankel Hall, One Thing Rarely Varies
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 DANIEL J. WAKIN [NY Times, 25 November 2005]
Two and a half seasons into the life of Zankel Hall, the evidence is in. One of the newest auditoriums in New York, built into the bedrock below Carnegie Hall, has added a dose of richness to the concert scene.