12 Nov 2008
Handel's 'Caesar' a musical delight
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 Timothy McDonald [Kansas City Star, 10 November 2008]
And you thought you had problems! In the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s current production of Julius Caesar, the audience witnesses a decapitated head, royal squabbles galore and suicide attempts. Well, no one ever said life in opera was simple.