29 Oct 2006
That's Donizetti, Daddy-O!
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.
Jonathan Miller’s L’Elisir d’Amore ain’t for squares, baby.
By Peter G. Davis [NY Magazine, 23 October 2006]
Jonathan Miller, the British polymath who long ago put aside medicine and acting for opera directing and giving peevish newspaper interviews, is back in town to stage Donizetti’s rustic comedy L’Elisir d’Amore at the City Opera and, during lulls in rehearsal, receive the press.