07 Jan 2009
Blythe Sings Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice 'Orfeo' at MET
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.
[Broadway World.com, 7 January 2009]
Director-choreographer Mark Morris’s much-lauded 2007 production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice returns to the repertoire, with Stephanie Blythe taking on one of the pinnacles of the mezzo-soprano repertory, the role of Orfeo, for the first time in her career. Soprano Danielle De Niese, an acclaimed singer of eighteenth-century music and a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, sings Euridice for the first time at the Met. Heidi Grant Murphy returns as Amor, which she performed at the production’s premiere in 2007.