04 Nov 2005
Larger than life — Diminutive soprano Tracy Dahl must tap her inner diva to star in Boston Lyric Opera's 'Lucie de Lammermoor'
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 David Weininger [Boston Globe, 4 November 2005]
A white ramp emerges from stage right at the Shubert Theatre, and a woman in a white dress walks slowly down it, silently, until she reaches the stage. In her arms she cradles rose petals, which fall carelessly around her as she walks. She looks disheveled and ghostly. There are figures standing nearby, seemingly frozen to their spots, watching her intently. They may as well be part of the set, for the woman in white absorbs all the light in the dark theater.