08 Sep 2006
San Francisco Opera Opens Season with Voigt in Verdi's Ballo (and a Free Concert in Golden Gate Park)
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 Westphal [Playbill, 8 September 2006]
There will be a masked ball by the Bay tonight, in more than one sense, as San Francisco Opera opens its 2006-07 season with Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. Deborah Voigt stars, with Marcus Haddock, Ambrogio Maestri, Tichina Vaughn and Anna Christy; Marco Armiliato conducts. And the post-performance gala for patrons includes, naturally, a masquerade ball.