29 Sep 2009
Opera Vivente stages Rossini's 'Cinderella'
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 Tim Smith [Baltimore Sun, 29 September 2009]
Just as Shirley Temple was good medicine for the Great Depression, comic operas by Rossini seem ideal diversions for the Great Recession. A couple of weeks ago, Washington National Opera revived the composer’s most famous work, “The Barber of Seville.” And, over the weekend, Opera Vivente jumped into its 12th season with another sparkler, ” Cinderella.”