06 Nov 2008
A Truly Wacky Barber
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 Raymond Stults [Moscow Times, 7 November 2008]
”It’s going to be wacky,” remarked director Elijah Moshinsky just before the curtain rose last Thursday at Novaya Opera on a preview performance of his new staging of Gioacchino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” And wonderfully wacky it was indeed from beginning to end.