08 Sep 2008
Puccini With a Sprinkling of Woody Allen Whimsy
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 7 September 2008]
LOS ANGELES — Was Woody Allen trying to lower expectations for his directorial debut in opera? Or was he just being Woody?
For weeks, when asked how things were going with the new production of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” that he was directing for the Los Angeles Opera, he talked down his suitability for the job. “I have no idea what I’m doing,” he told The Los Angeles Times. But “incompetence has never prevented me from plunging in with enthusiasm,” he added.