20 Feb 2006
Love conquers all — even one-eyed monsters
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 CHARLES WARD [Houston Chronicle, 19 February 2006]
It was a big bad brute who did in Acis and Galatea in Handel's chamber opera.
Acis and Galatea was the composer's first dramatic piece in English and the work most frequently performed during his lifetime. Mercury Baroque showed why in its zestful performance Saturday at the Hobby Center's Zilkha Hall.