16 May 2006
Delectable talent elevates this elixir
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 MARION LIGNANA ROSENBERG [Newsday, 16 May 2006]
Remember this name: Giuseppe Filianoti. The Italian tenor's Metropolitan Opera debut last fall in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" whipped up more genuine, word-of-mouth excitement than any of the season's more ballyhooed events.