15 Apr 2006
Opera star Braun takes a turn for the worst in Figaro
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: Johannes Ifkovits)
By PAT ST. GERMAIN [Winnipeg Sun, 15 April 2006]
It takes a villain to make Mozart's comic opera The Marriage of Figaro sing.
And celebrated lyric baritone Russell Braun is just the man for the job in his Manitoba Opera debut tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall. His skirt-chasing scoundrel Count Almaviva sets out to seduce former barber Figaro's bride on her wedding day, but Braun says his count is not such a bad buy once you get to know him -- he's a lecher, for sure, but he has mitigating historical depth.