05 Dec 2007
The High and Low Notes of Politics and Romance
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 VIVIEN SCHWEITZER [NY Times, 5 December 2007]
It must be fun for the bass Samuel Ramey, whose specialties in the opera house are devils and villains, to imitate barnyard animals in a lighthearted work like “I Bought Me a Cat.”