27 Jul 2006
Glimmerglass world premiere: Fine ensemble singing from large cast
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 STEPHEN G. LANDESMAN [Ithaca Journal, 27 July 2006]
COOPERSTOWN — Saturday evening's world premiere of Stephen Hartke's “The Greater Good” offered a taut, bittersweet comedy of manners informed with challenging but quite expressive music, moments of awkward staging, fine acting and well-performed ensemble singing by a large cast.