27 Mar 2006
A GREEK TRAGEDY
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 CLIVE BARNES [NY Post, 27 March 2006]
MAKE love, not war may well have been her slogan - but Lysistrata pre dated the hippies by about 2,000 years.
The Greek heroine of Aristophanes' play, first produced in 411 B.C., is also the star (albeit renamed Lisia) of Mark Adamo's new opera, "Lysistrata," which New York City Opera premiered in New York last week.