12 Sep 2009
'Il Trovatore' by the San Francisco Opera
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 Richard Scheinin [Mercury News, 12 September 2009]
As is the tradition, the new season at San Francisco Opera was ushered in Saturday night with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But the bombs weren’t bursting in air. Nicola Luisotti, the company’s new music director, conducted the orchestra almost as if it were an Italian village band, taking the national anthem at a slow clip — charming, but a little odd.