19 Nov 2008
Revisiting Rossini's 'L'italiana in Algeri'
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 David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 November 2008]
The Opera Company of Philadelphia on Friday revived its lovable, storybook production of Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri. It was first seen in 2000, both at the Academy of Music and on PBS, and was kept on ice presumably until a cast could be assembled that wouldn’t compare badly with the earlier one, which contained the then-up-and-coming Stephanie Blythe and Juan Diego Florez.