14 Mar 2006
A 'Boheme' for All Ages
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 14 March 2006]
NewYork City Opera has a beautiful and dramatically sound production of "La Boheme" in service at present.The sets are realistic when appropriate, fanciful when being poetic. There is snow and a gorgeous moon. Also, there is a palpable sense of the role of the settings in the drama itself. And its astoundingly shocking prolepsis in Act II (I won't reveal its specific coup de theatre) will send you out into the lobby in a cold sweat.