23 Apr 2007
A Triply Superb ‘Il Trittico'
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, 23 April 2007]
Friday night was a fantastic night at the Metropolitan Opera. Why? On the stage was Puccini's superb triple bill, "Il Trittico." It appeared in a splendid new production by Jack O'Brien. In the cast, or casts, were some of our best singers, and most of them were in top form. James Levine was in the pit, and he, too, was in top form — which is some form. And the Met orchestra played sensationally well.