21 Sep 2006
A Parade of Young Talent Brightens a Gala
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 21 September 2006]
Galas like the New York City Opera’s “Night at the Opera” on Tuesday night are part music, part self-celebration and part sales pitch. The targets and the beneficiaries were dressed-up patrons who, the company hoped, would enjoy the talent both young and older and leave behind some money afterward.