12 Nov 2005
Juliette Has Fun (Before She Dies, of Course)
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 MATTHEW GUREWITSCH [NY Times, 13 November 2005]
IN late October, several levels below the stage at the Metropolitan Opera House, chorus and dancers in Renaissance masks and motley rehearsal clothes were getting up to speed for the ball in Guy Joosten's new production of Charles Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette," which opens Monday. Off to one side, barely noticed, a tiny creature knelt on the floor clutching a dagger in both hands. Suddenly, she plunged it into the pit of her stomach - then again and again and again, with fierce concentration, stifling a gasp each time.