27 Jan 2008
Italian girl charms with humour, style
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 Devon Cass)
Lloyd Dykk [Vancouver Sun, 27 January 2008]
VANCOUVER - The lovable opera L'Italiana in Algeri, The Italian Girl in Algiers, gives us a good picture of what Gioacchino Rossini must have been like: a witty rascal, a bon vivant, as brilliant a concocter of music as he was of food.