05 Feb 2008
Semele, Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston
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 George Loomis [Financial Times, 4 February 2008]
Opera Boston’s initial collaboration with the Boston Baroque ensemble yielded such a marvellous account of Gluck’s Alceste that one eagerly awaited their next joint effort. Three years later they are at last together again, offering a Semele that, however welcome, failed to match its predecessor.