11 Dec 2007
Improv at the 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.
[Playbill, 11 December 2007]
A conversation with Gary Halvorson is a high-octane ride, with the lyricism and sweep that have become the director's calling cards. So dizzying are his directing credits — from the hit countdown show Solid Gold to Michael Tilson sitcoms like Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond to NBC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — he covers the terrain of several directors combined.