23 Jun 2008
Soprano Dessay makes a stunning S.F. debut in 'Lucia'
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.
(Photo by Terrence McCarthy)
By Richard Scheinin [Mercury News, 19 June 2008]
Through the decades, the touchstone role of Lucia in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" has been sung in San Francisco by Lily Pons, Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills and other luminary sopranos. It's time to add Natalie Dessay to the list.