16 Oct 2009
On opening night, the sounds of success fill Winspear Opera House
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 Scott Cantrell [Dallas Morning News, 16 October 2009]
“Joyfully we greet this noble hall/where only art and peace shall ever dwell.”
With the rousing Entry of the Guests from Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser the Winspear Opera House opened for business Thursday night.