23 Sep 2006
Revisiting a Legend
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 22 September 2006]
The Metropolitan Opera Guild does many things well, and one of them is: stage a memorial tribute. In May 2005, the Guild put on a beautiful one for Renata Tebaldi, the great Italian soprano who died in December 2004. The host of that evening was Anna Moffo, the beloved Italian-American soprano. She did her job in a tasteful, low-key way.