15 Jun 2009
Anna Netrebko returns to S.F. in 'La Traviata'
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 Joshua Kosman [San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2009]
From its second act onward, the San Francisco Opera’s new production of “La Traviata” attempts something radically new with Verdi’s familiar melodrama.