16 Feb 2006
Dull, sleepy 'Padlock' gives way to dandy 'Dido'
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.
(Photo: Chicago Opera Theater)
By John von Rhein [Chicago Tribun, 16 February 2006]
Lillian Groag is back at Chicago Opera Theater, once more proving that old opera can, in the right hands, deliver a bracing shock of the new.
COT opened its season Wednesday night at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance with the director's inventive staging of two early English operas—Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" and Charles Dibdin's "The Padlock."