12 Mar 2007
This Time, Tragic Butterfly Lives in a Low-Frills Zone
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, 12 March 2007]
“Madama Butterfly” is a lot of opera for 25 bucks. At the Salzburg Festival $25 would probably get you half the overture, at the Metropolitan Opera a little more. The New York City Opera’s Opera-for-All series offered five of these all-for-one-low-price attractions last fall and came back with Puccini’s weepy, ever-winning study in Japanese-American relations on Friday.