05 Nov 2005
The Opera We Never Tire Of
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 4 November 2005]
In a way, you don't envy Mark Wigglesworth, the British conductor who is leading "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Metropolitan Opera.The company's music director, James Levine, is also currently leading a Mozart opera - "Cosi fan tutte." Mr.Levine is one of the best Mozart conductors we've ever seen.And "The Marriage of Figaro" has always been his domain. But Mr. Levine can't conduct everything, and Mr. Wigglesworth had a chance to make his Met debut, when "Figaro" was revived on Wednesday night. In the end, he acquitted himself well.