19 Nov 2005
The Star It Was Made For Returns to Opera at the Met
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 19 November 2005]
The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" opened on Monday without the star for whom it was created: the French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, who was to sing Juliette but was sidelined with a bad cold.