02 Nov 2007
Bounty of Countertenors in 1631 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 STEVE SMITH [New York Times, 31 October 2007]
New York performances by William Christie and his brilliant early-music ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, have long been dependable sources not only of historical elucidation but also of vibrant entertainment. Such was the case when the group presented “Il Sant’Alessio,” an opera by the 17th-century Roman composer Stefano Landi, at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center on Monday night.