10 Apr 2006
'Orazi & Curiazi' gets much-deserved U.S. premiere
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 PAMELA HILL NETTLETON [Pioneer Press, 10 April 2006]
The Minnesota Opera's "Orazi & Curiazi" is more Romeo & Tybalt than Romeo & Juliet.
The most thrilling duet is between the two male leads, Scott Piper as Curiazio and Ashley Holland as Orazio, who share childhood memories, recall a battle in which one saved the other's life and then grumble about having to kill each other for the glory of Rome — everything short of "I wish I knew how to quit you."