18 Jun 2007
Der Rosenkavalier, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
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 Allan Ulrich [Financial Times, 12 June 2007]
The mezzo-soprano du jour Joyce DiDonato has become the latest artist to don the breeches of Octavian von Rofrano and her eponymous stripling in this revival of the bittersweet Richard Strauss perennial, a tribute to the impresarial acumen of the former Intendant Pamela Rosenberg. In contrast to another Rosenberg project recently and controversially recast by her successor David Gockley, there has been no tampering with this revival, which includes a pair of belated company debuts. San Francisco’s reputation as a leading American Strauss-spielhaus remains undiminished.