30 Oct 2006
A ‘Tosca' Triple Threat
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 30 October 2006]
"Tosca" began its season run at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday evening with an unexpected cast change, a major debut, and a veterans returning in a signature role. The three principals together mounted a colorful, if a bit gritty, performance.