09 Apr 2007
A Grand Work On a Miniature Scale
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 9 April 2007]
Selecting the greatest of all works for the operatic stage may be a fool's errand, but choosing the most delightful is relatively easy. That laurel wreath must go to the Grand Pooh–Bah of all comedies, Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado," a show that was a smash at its premiere in 1885 and has been an audience favorite in both professional and amateur productions ever since. On Saturday, the Amato Opera preserved that winning tradition.