19 Nov 2007
Only in an opera: Miami's Elaine Alvarez rises from understudy to star
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 LAWRENCE A. JOHNSON [Miami Herald, 19 November 2007]
It's the kind of improbable event that usually happens only in 1930s musicals.
The big-ego star becomes so obnoxious she winds up getting fired days before opening night. An unknown understudy goes on in her place, sings magnificently, garners rave reviews and kicks off a successful career.