06 Apr 2010
Lend Me a Tenor, Music Box Theatre, New York
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 Brendan Lemon [Financial Times, 6 April 2010]
Some theatre lovers lack the musical-comedy gene, and others missed out on the Shakespeare gene. Still others - here I must raise my hand - sit in stony-faced silence each time something with slamming doors and lewd innuendo pops up on Broadway or the West End. Farce, in other words.