09 Feb 2009
Opera San Jose's new production of "Cosi fan tutte" is a winner
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 Richard Scheinin [Mercury News, 8 February 2009]
Opera San Jose’s new production of “Cosi fan tutte” is a winner. It’s about love, lust and sexual manipulation: Mozart’s opera is a modern opera, and the new production gets that. It’s classy and outrageous, more than a little bit randy, while making the most of Mozart’s exquisite, perfect, celestial music.