09 Mar 2006
A Mostly Happy Revival
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, 9 March 2006]
First off, let's get this out of the way: It is pointless to debate the relative merits of performing a Broadway revival at City Opera. So I will deal with Tuesday night's premiere of "The Most Happy Fella" on its own terms.