21 May 2010
Opera Cleveland presents a winning new "Lucia"
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 Donald Rosenberg [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 21 May 2010]
Is it any wonder that Lucia goes off the deep end?
She’s in love with a tenor - surprise, surprise - who is unacceptable to her family. She has to sing a lot of tricky music, occasionally in tandem with an equally perky flute. And she often must contend with a concept that places the composer, Gaetano Donizetti, on the back bench.