15 Mar 2006
Who Needs Stars, Anyway?
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, 15 March 2006]
It has been the season of cancellations at the Metropolitan Opera. First, Placido Domingo canceled his appearance in a work dredged up from the depths especially for him, Franco Alfano's "Cyrano de Bergerac." Then Angela Gheorghiu opted out of some performances of "La Traviata" (and should have canceled the night that I attended). The big blow, of course, was the grounding for the remainder of the season of music director James Levine, still the heart and soul of the house.