29 Jul 2009
'L'Amico Fritz' stirs emotions
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 Kosman [SF Chronicle, 29 July 2009]
The summer activities of the Merola Opera Program provide a perfect opportunity for discovery - and as long as we’re being introduced to gifted young singers, why not some unfamiliar repertoire as well?