20 Feb 2007
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, 20 February 2007]
Monteverdi is making a bit of a splash around the world. Virgin Classics has released "Combattimento," which offers arias and duets from Monteverdi's opera, or proto-opera, "Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda." He wrote this piece in 1624, and it is based on Tasso's "Gerusalemme Liberata" — a tale of the Crusades.