23 Mar 2008
Opera 'Thunderstorm' fascinating, impressive
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.
David Gordon Duke [Vancouver Sun, 23 March 2008]
A new opera by Tang Kangnian was given a Vancouver premiere Friday night at the Vancouver Playhouse. "Thunderstorm" was a fascinating proposition which sounded a clarion note of diversity in our local opera milieu. Tang worked for many years with the Shanghai Opera before moving to Vancouver in 1990.