18 Jan 2008
The Swashbuckling Separatist
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 18 January 2008]
Tchaikovsky's "Mazeppa," which had a one-night-only run at Brooklyn Academy of Music on Wednesday, is a relatively popular opera in its homeland, but a rarity in the West. New Yorkers, however, have had the opportunity to hear it three times in recent years. This current performance was the first of those not conducted by Valery Gergiev.