20 Apr 2007
Da Corneto ready for 'cursed' opera
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 MIKE MITCHELL [Naperville Sun, 20 April 2007]
In 1960, American baritone Leonard Warren died on stage during a performance of Verdi's epic "La Forza del Destino." For years, many artists considered the opera cursed, in terms of vocal demands as well as its melodramatic plot.