12 Jan 2006
Nanki-Poo, Yum-Yum and Other Eternal Verities
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 12 January 2006]
Gilbert and Sullivan operas can be an enthusiasm, a hobby or in extreme cases an obsession. How else to explain the 32 seasons of Albert Bergeret's New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players? My 25 years on the beat have found them in circumstances far more threadbare than City Center, where "The Mikado" played on Tuesday night. Where similar companies in the city have faded, Mr. Bergeret and his little team have persevered, and here they were with a very decent 25-piece band, a legitimate stage and a nice audience for their January season.