26 Sep 2006
Met's Glam Opening Has Minghella's `Butterfly,' Rufus (Update1)
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 Manuela Hoelterhoff [Bloomberg.com, 26 September 2006]
Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- With huge screens recording her tiniest tear and smallest bead of sweat, ``Madama Butterfly'' opened the Metropolitan Opera season last night in a gala transmitted live to Lincoln Center Plaza and Times Square as the curtain rose on Peter Gelb's first season as general manager.