03 Jan 2006
Opera at the Philharmonic
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun 3 January 2006]
At Lincoln Center on New Year's Eve, there was opera at the opera - and opera at the Philharmonic. (Actually, there was operetta at the opera - "Die Fledermaus" - but let's not quibble.) Lorin Maazel, the Philharmonic's music director, led a program of Italian overtures, dances, intermezzi, and arias. And who was along to sing those arias? Why, Angela Gheorghiu, the world's most glamorous opera star.