14 Jan 2008
Boffo Performances in 'Barber'
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.
(Photo by Marty Sohl courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera)
By JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 14 January 2008]
Last season, the Metropolitan Opera staged a new production of "The Barber of Seville," Rossini's great hit. It was directed by Bartlett Sher, of "Light in the Piazza" fame. In the saucy role of Rosina, the Met had two women: Diana Damrau, the German soprano, and Joyce DiDonato, the American mezzo. Both were delicious, in their own, distinct ways.