21 Feb 2007
An Opera by Verdi That Needs Name Tags
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 21 February 2007]
The sun does not shine on “Simon Boccanegra.” Its heroine, Amelia, does share a sunrise with the Metropolitan Opera’s gaping Act I garden scene, and a little light filters through windows elsewhere, but gloom is the order of the day in this formidable if largely unlovable product of Verdi’s middle years.