14 Nov 2009
Two Debuts, Overdue and Overwhelming
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 14 November 2009]
After the Metropolitan Opera opened its season in September with Luc Bondy’s convoluted new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” widely deemed a dismal failure, Peter Gelb, the company’s general manager, needed a comeback success.