26 May 2010
Opera Lafayette's 'Sancho Panca'
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 Anne Midgette [Washington Post, 26 May 2010]
Everyone should know his place. It’s a sentiment that has anchored European society for the last millennium or so — farmers belong on their farms, nobles in their castles — and it’s the motto of “Sancho Pança,” an opera from 1762 by François-André Danican Philidor that had what was alleged to be its modern American premiere at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on Monday night.