11 Apr 2008
'Candide' Shows Its Age
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 [NY Sun, 11 April 2008]
One of Beverly Sills's landmark achievements as general director of New York City Opera was the company's 1982 production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide." It wasn't that Harold Prince's production was particularly outstanding, though it was well received. Rather, the achievement was that it marked the first staging of this famously problematic work, originally seen on Broadway in 1956, that presented Bernstein's score in a reasonably full version and that won critical and popular acclaim.