06 Apr 2008
Gheorghiu’s Big Screen ‘Bohème’
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, 4 April 2008]
Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” is the only Metropolitan Opera production in which the Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu will appear this season. But that doesn’t mean her performance won’t be widely viewed. On Saturday, the matinee performance of the production will be transmitted in HD to more than 500 movie theaters around the world.