10 Nov 2008
That 'Lulu' that you do so well
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, 10 November 2008]
In a season heavily weighted toward the lesser-known and rarely produced, Lyric Opera of Chicago already has scored its second tremendous success, and this time it has done so with a musical masterwork as well as a top-flight cast, superb orchestra and brilliant production.