24 Sep 2006
Madama Butterfly Is Ready for Her Close-Up
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 MATTHEW GUREWITSCH [NY Times, 24 September 2006]
LAST Monday afternoon Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director of “The English Patient,” was back where he has been happiest lately: within inches of the action. For several weeks before, work on his production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” had been unfolding on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, where the production opens Monday evening, raising the curtain on the regime of Peter Gelb, the company’s new general manager. But for one last day rehearsals were back in a basement studio, where Mr. Minghella could study nuances in close-up.