18 Jun 2007
Out Amid the Cold Night Air the Devil Dares to Tread
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 VIVIEN SCHWEITZER [NY Times, 16 June 2007]
Wednesday evening was so unseasonably cold that it felt as if hell had frozen over Central Park during the Metropolitan Opera’s concert performance of Gounod’s “Faust,” which opened its annual free summer series.