08 Sep 2008
Opera in the Park enters its 35th year
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.
Steven Winn [SF Chronicle, 8 September 2008]
They came with their blankets and binoculars, babies and dogs, long-stem roses and goose-liver pate. Spread out across Sharon Meadow in the fog-filtered sunlight of Golden Gate Park on Sunday afternoon, a larger-than-usual crowd estimated by the producers at 19,000 to 20,000 took in the annual September rite of musical and communal picnicking pleasure known as Opera in the Park.