08 Nov 2005
The dedicated art of opera recording
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.
GEORGIA SMITH, [Paris International Herald Tribune, 8 November 2005]
In London on Nov. 6, the Theater Royal Drury Lane will present a concert version of "Il Diluvio Universale," by Gaetano Donizetti. You might recognize the name Donizetti. But what is that title?
It's "The Universal Flood," one of many Donizetti operas that no one performs anymore. It renders the story of Noah with a melodramatic armory of clashing tribes, pagan curses, betrayal, passion and, of course, rain. Plus florid singing: trills and cadenzas, roller-coaster scales and breathtaking high and low notes.