22 Mar 2006
The Show Must Go On
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 22 March 2006]
Attentive readers of this newspaper may remember a piece published in early January. In it, I glanced at the rest of the classical-music season, suggesting some highlights. I said that, if there was one experience not to miss, it was James Levine's "Fidelio," at the Metropolitan Opera. If you could spend your money on only one thing - spend it on that.