09 Feb 2009
New staging of 'Orfeo' was too great a divide
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 R.M. CAMPBELL [Post-Intelligencer, 8 February 2009]
La Venexiana, the highly esteemed Italian vocal ensemble, earned its reputation for its meticulous and authentic readings of Monteverdi madrigals. Its production of the composer’s first opera, “Orfeo” (aka “L’Orfeo, favola in musica”), is a curious blend of period sensibilities and contemporary waywardness.