19 Jan 2007
Seldom Heard, but Worth Hearing
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, 19 January 2007]
On Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall, New York had the opportunity to hear "the other ‘Otello'" — the one that Rossini wrote in 1816. This was 70 years before Verdi tackled that same play. Presenting the Rossini was Opera Orchestra of New York, under its founderconductor, Eve Queler. We had a satisfying evening, thanks to both Rossini and OONY.