20 Jul 2006
Ingeniously staged, well-sung ‘Barber of Seville' at Glimmerglass
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, 20 July 2006]
COOPERSTOWN — Glimmerglass Opera's current production of “The Barber of Seville” is happily neither a rumbustious farce nor an overly-refined exercise in bel canto singing punctuated by comic interludes.