03 Nov 2005
Lyric meets challenges of 'Manon Lescaut'
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 WYNNE DELACOMA [Chicago Sun-Times, 2 November 2005]
If more than a few seasons go by without hearing from two of Puccini's most beloved heroines, Tosca and Mimi, opera lovers the world over complain to their local opera companies. His Manon Lescaut, though hardly less alluring than the fragile seamstress of "La Boheme" or the self-assured Tosca, is another matter.