29 Jan 2006
A Nose Job Only Roxanne Could Love
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 KATHRYN SHATTUCK [NY Times, 29 January 2006]
They agreed on one thing: not just any nose would do.
What they - Francesca Zambello, the director of Franco Alfano's "Cyrano de Bergerac," now at the Met; Victor Callegari, head of the Met's makeup department; Anita Yavitch, the production's costume designer; and especially Plácido Domingo, its star - didn't want was the nose José Ferrer made famous in the 1950 film "Cyrano de Bergerac." That schnoz resembled a bratwurst jutting from his face. Or the proboscis Steve Martin wore in the 1987 film "Roxanne," its trajectory like a five-mile run on a bunny slope. Or the Academy Award-nominated honker Gérard Depardieu wore in the 1990 French adaptation, though frankly that wasn't much of a stretch.