04 Jun 2007
Splendor of 'Giovanni' too short
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: John Lee)
Kwiecien, Runnicles are masterful but Mozart opera yearns for focus
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 4 June 2007]
Toward the end of Act 1 of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," the licentious title character describes the party -- orgy might be a better word for it -- that he's about to throw at his villa as part of an elaborate plot to seduce an innocent country lass. The wine will flow, there will be plenty of dancing and loose women, and pleasure, in Don Giovanni's darkly obsessive conception of the term, will be unbridled.