24 Jan 2006
Two Clueless Newlyweds, Sharing a Bill With Purcell
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 ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 24 January 2006]
The Bronx Opera Company has always been a model of what can be done with modest resources. Its latest offering, which ended its brief run on Sunday afternoon at the Heckscher Theater at El Museo del Barrio, was an odd but appealing double bill, with Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" followed by a Chabrier comedy, "An Incomplete Education," to sweep away the tragic spirit.