18 Aug 2008
Grant Park season closes with operatic standards and surprises
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 WYNNE DELACOMA [Chicago Sun-Times, 18 August 2008]
The Grant Park Music Festival closed its 74th season Saturday night with a vibrant helping of opera choruses, a fitting end to a strong Grant Park Orchestra season and a welcome contribution to last week's bountiful schedule of opera performances at Grant Park and the Ravinia Festival.