01 Apr 2006
A New Spark for a Don Beyond Compare
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 ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 1 April 2006]
"Don Giovanni" is as close as you're going to get to a perfect opera. That statement may draw forth a chorus of protests: it's long, it's sprawling, it hasn't figured out whether it's a comedy or a tragedy, and it lurches from one extreme to the other. But at the New York City Opera on Thursday night, at the second performance of the opera's run there, I was struck by how tightly and satisfyingly the sections fit together, each falling into place with an audible click, like some sort of aural Rubik's Cube.