16 Apr 2007
‘Giulio Cesare': Et Tu, New Met?
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, 16 April 2007]
Handel's "Giulio Cesare," or "Julius Caesar," is now playing at the Metropolitan Opera. And I like to describe it as a three-hour series of highlights. Handel gives you one hit after another, one immortal aria or duet after another. The inspiration never quits. In this, the opera is not unlike "Messiah." "Julius Caesar" is one of the most awesome bursts of creativity in music.