15 Jun 2006
Covent Garden 'Tosca' Is a Kitten, Not a Tiger
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 ALAN RIDING [NY Times, 15 June 2006]
LONDON, June 14 — No less than the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden has long counted on Franco Zeffirelli's lush and safely traditional productions to fill the hall for yet another revival of an opera evergreen. While music critics may grow tired of them, the public rarely complains.