18 Jun 2007
Opera's 'Iphigénie' cuts to the heart of myth in austere, intense production
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.
(Photo: Katy Raddatz)
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 16 June 2007]
Gluck's 1779 opera "Iphigénie en Tauride" wastes little time or energy on anything extraneous. It plunges swiftly into the world of Greek tragedy, and the magnificent new production that opened Thursday night at the San Francisco Opera comes through with a short, sharp shock.