04 Dec 2006
The ‘Don Carlo' Dream Cast
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, 4 December 2006]
When the Metropolitan Opera's 2006–07 season was announced, many people said that "Don Carlo" boasted the very best cast — even a "dream cast." They had a point. And "Don Carlo" — Verdi's masterpiece from 1867 — had its season premiere on Thursday night.