04 Nov 2005
Opera's exhilarating conducting puts a human face on world at war
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.
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 4 November 2005]
Two things happen in Verdi's "La Forza del Destino," which opened at the San Francisco Opera on Wednesday night in a new and distracted production. An aristocratic Spanish family is torn apart by love, racism and sheer bad luck, and the European countryside is ravaged by war.