05 Mar 2009
A Bellini Gem in a New Zimmerman Setting
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 HEIDI WALESON [WSJ, 4 March 2009]
Presenting Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” (1831) as a backstage drama, as Mary Zimmerman did in the new production at the Metropolitan Opera, turned out to be a pretty clever way to reconcile the flimsy plot and deep emotional content of this bel canto gem.