14 Jun 2006
London's New Old `Tosca' Has Mopey Gheorghiu, Stunning Terfel
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 Warwick Thompson [Bloomberg.com, 14 June 2006]
June 14 (Bloomberg) -- ``If it ain't broke, don't fix it'' might be the moral of this story. After 42 years, the Royal Opera decided to ditch its traditional, much-loved production of Puccini's ``Tosca'' and replace it with a gleaming new one which opened Tuesday with Angela Gheorghiu singing the title role for the first time on stage. They needn't have bothered.