19 Nov 2005
Puccini's Western almost golden
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 [Sun-Sentinel.com, 19 November 2005]
Five-card draw, Wells Fargo robberies, gunplay and necktie parties are curios more often glimpsed on a John Wayne late show than encountered on the opera house stage.
Yet these ingredients are currently on vibrant display at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, where Puccini's La fanciulla del West is running through Nov. 26. Florida Grand Opera has opened its 65th season with a rambunctious production of Puccini's operatic Western love story, its first staging of The Girl of the Golden West in 28 years.