24 Sep 2006
Magical production transforms ‘Orfeo’
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 T.J. Medrek [Boston Herald, 24 September 2006]
The new opera season opened Friday night at the Shubert Theatre with a dazzling performance of Monteverdi’s “Orfeo,” presented by the Handel and Haydn Society in a superb production by Chen Shi-Zheng.