02 Dec 2005
Celebrity So Extraordinaire She Rivaled the Eiffel Tower
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 EDWARD ROTHSTEIN [NY Times, 2 December 2005]
The opening image in the fascinating exhibition that opens today at the Jewish Museum might at first seem to have very little to do with its main subject. The exhibition is devoted to the flamboyant 19th-century actress whose name was once invoked by mothers as a warning to melodramatic daughters, held up like a cross before Dracula: "Who do you think you are, Sarah Bernhardt?"