02 Jul 2006
Opera review: ‘Carmen’ opens season with passion, high drama
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 Craig Smith [The New Mexican, 2 July 2006]
The Santa Fe Opera’s 50th-anniversary season opened Friday with musically lustrous, dramatically vivid reading of Bizet’s Carmen under the combined hands of SFO music director Alan Gilbert and director Lars Rudolfsson, and with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter making her company debut in the title role. It was as far from the Spanish travelogue type of production as you could get.