13 Feb 2006
Albert Herring, Gotham Chamber 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, 13 February 2006]
Albert Herring, Benjamin Britten's sweetly satirical examination of provincial smugness and personal liberation in turn-of-the-century England, has not been staged professionally in New York for 30 years. Under the circumstances, one approached the production in the Harry de Jur Playhouse on Thursday with optimism. It did not last long.