26 Mar 2009
Cleveland Orchestra, Zurich Opera make a fine Marriage of Figaro'
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.
Joshua Gunter [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 25 March 2009]
As opera returns to Severance Hall this week with a glorious, fully-staged version of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” the Cleveland Orchestra’s old promotional slogan about the international treasure we possess takes on new significance.