17 Nov 2008
'Porgy' at last
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 Andrew Patner [Chicago Sun-Times, 17 November 2008]
Chicago — one of the great music cities, great African-American cities and great Jewish-American cities — has waited a long time for its major opera company to produce the great American opera, “Porgy and Bess.”