29 Jul 2008
La forza del destino, Caramoor International Music Festival, Katonah, New York
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, 29 July 2008]
Stylistic authority is the operative principle for the conductor Will Crutchfield’s opera performances at Caramoor, but without good voices scholarly intentions count for little. Happily, all was well on both fronts for Verdi’s La forza del destino, performed in the original 1862 St Petersburg version in a new critical edition by Philip Gossett.