28 Mar 2006
A Lukewarm Descent Into the Eternal Flames
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, 28 March 2006]
Although Beethoven considered "The Magic Flute" to be the greatest opera ever written, many devotees, including Sigmund Freud, reserve that honor for "Don Giovanni." A unique combination of opera seria and opera buffa, it expresses the most elemental of human emotions more profoundly than any other musical work.