15 Sep 2006
Semele, New York City Opera
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 Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 14 September 2006]
It is difficult these days to cast Wagner’s music- dramas, and finding a proper baritone for Verdi is a strenuous challenge. Opera companies everywhere suddenly seem capable, however, of handling Handel. Never mind the ornate convolutions of line, style and plot. Basking in the baroque has become an international pursuit.