03 Apr 2010
Tyne Daly as Maria Callas, a diva in a 'Master Class' by herself
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 Peter Marks [Washington Post, 3 April 2010]
The master class Tyne Daly conducts in her droll turn as Maria Callas has less to do with music than with the fine art of living portraiture. She’s every catty, thin-skinned, self-pitying inch the diva — a word all too overapplied — in “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s engrossing study of the post-incandescent mind-set of the opera legend.