10 Apr 2006
Carmen, That Devilish and Dangerous Free-Spirited Gypsy, Is at It Again in a City Opera Production
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.
(Photo: Martha Mickles)
By JEREMY EICHLER [NY Times, 10 April 2006]
The New York City Opera has divided its spring season down the middle, with box-office safeties on one side and more adventurous fare on the other. "Carmen," which obviously falls in the first camp, dutifully returned to the New York State Theater on Friday night in a traditional production by Jonathan Eaton.