11 Nov 2005
Florida Grand Opera opens season with Puccini's torrid Old West love triangle
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 Lawrence A. Johnson [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 10 November 2005]
On Dec. 10, 1910, the Metropolitan Opera unveiled a new work by the most celebrated of living opera composers, Giacomo Puccini. The composer's first opera in six years since his hit Madama Butterfly boasted a starry production with Arturo Toscanini conducting and Enrico Caruso, soprano Emmy Destinn and baritone Pasquale Amato heading the cast.