16 Jun 2009
A classic confection that's near perfection
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 William Randall Beard [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 16 June 2009]
Skylark Opera’s second annual summer festival includes a trademark operetta, Sigmund Romberg’s “The Desert Song,” and one of the great comic operas, “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti. The latter is the only one worth seeing.