02 Nov 2008
In a Man’s World, Poison Is Her Best Revenge
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, 3 November 2008]
WASHINGTON — This incident has entered operatic lore: Ten years ago the soprano Renée Fleming was lustily booed by an audience at La Scala in Milan for her performance in the title role of Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia.” It’s a juicy story. But it’s not quite true.