25 Sep 2006
Metropolitan Opera Radio Launches on SIRIUS with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
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.
[Sirius Satellite Radio, 25 September 2006]
Metropolitan Opera Radio launches on SIRIUS with a LIVE broadcast of the Met’s gala performance of Madama Butterfly, conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Academy Award®-winning film director Anthony Minghella. Singing her signature role for the first time at the Met, Chilean soprano Cristina Gallardo-Domâs stars as the doomed Cio-Cio-San. The marvelous tenor Marcello Giordani is the unfaithful Pinkerton, and exceptional baritone Dwayne Croft sings the sympathetic role of Sharpless.