26 Oct 2007
Verdi's 'Macbeth' at Metropolitan Opera
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 MARION LIGNANA ROSENBERG [Newsday, 26 October 2007]
"Macbeth" occupies a special place in Verdi's career. After its 1847 premiere (Verdi revised it in 1865), the composer dedicated it to his beloved father-in-law, calling it "dearer to me than all my other operas." Verdi reportedly made the first Macbeth and Lady Macbeth rehearse their great duet 150 times - the last time with cloaks over their costumes, in the theater lobby, while the world premiere audience waited impatiently.