11 Apr 2006
DESPITE SOME FINE SINGING, CITY OPERA 'CARMEN' NOT ELECTRIFYING
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: Lisa Kohler)
By CLIVE BARNES [NY Post, 11 April 2006]
SOME operas sing themselves, if you have the right singers. One of these foolproof - if not quite singer-proof - operas is Bizet's "Carmen," which returned to New York City Opera on Friday night, with a cast led by the sterling Kate Aldrich making her local debut as the wild and fiery Carmen.