27 Dec 2007
'Hansel and Gretel': Grand and Gross
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 JAY NORDLINGER [27 December 2007, NY Sun]
On Christmas Eve day, the Metropolitan Opera offered Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel," in a production by the Englishman Richard Jones. "Hansel and Gretel" is not just for Christmas; in fact, you will strain to find Christmas in it. But it has long been a seasonal favorite, not unlike "The Nutcracker."