27 Jan 2008
Soprano shines in silly `Pearl Fishers' As the spurned Zurga violently.
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 LAWRENCE A. JOHNSON [Miami Herald, 27 January 2008]
As the spurned Zurga violently assaults Leila, who has rejected him for his best friend Nadir, a gentleman in the audience turned to his wife and said, ``They didn't do this in Boston.''