12 Jan 2007
Maturity, Femininity & Smarts
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, 12 January 2007]
At the moment, there are several outstanding Violettas in the world: Anna Netrebko, Angela Gheorghiu, Renée Fleming. These are sopranos who can fill the title role of Verdi's opera "La Traviata." (That word, "traviata," describes a woman who has gone astray, as Violetta has.) None of the aforementioned stars sang the part when "Traviata" returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday night, in Franco Zeffirelli's 1998 production.