05 Jan 2006
Die Fledermaus, Metropolitan Opera, New York
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 Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 5 January 2006]
Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus is an elegant period-piece, a fragile fusion of waltz-time charm and comedy-of-eros insinuation. Not these days, however, at Lincoln Center.