10 Mar 2006
That Big Nose Is Back, and So Is the Voice That Goes With It
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 10 March, 2006]
The hole in the middle of the Metropolitan Opera's recent revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac" has been filled. Franco Alfano's opera in Francesca Zambello's production was created last season as a vehicle meant to carry Plácido Domingo farther along his amazing route of twilight stardom. The title role sits well on his deepening tenor voice, and here was a chance to be a dashing swordsman, wear a long nose and act up a storm. A rarely performed piece with lovely music received exposure it is not used to.