09 Nov 2006
A Rarity in Top Form
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, 9 November 2006]
Opera Orchestra of New York, or OONY, performs two main services: It gives us operas rarely seen in opera houses. (These are concert performances, in Carnegie Hall.) And it gives us singers: sensational ones, often unorthodox ones. OONY is a presenter for voice nuts. And on Tuesday night, they were appeased and gratified.