18 Sep 2006
Another Day, Another ‘Carmen'
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.
(Photo: Mike Hoban) BY JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 18 September 2006]
Can the world, particularly New York, use another "Carmen"? Yes, the same way we can use another pepperoni pizza. As long as it's good . . . And City Opera has a good "Carmen," as proven Thursday night. Bizet's opera can't fail to appeal, if done faithfully, attentively, and full-heartedly.