07 Jun 2010
In S.F. Opera's sumptuous 'Faust,' John Relyea dominates as Mephistopheles
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 Cheryl North [Mercury News, 7 June 2010]
SAN FRANCISCO — "Short-term gain; long-term pain" — a few economists might be bandying about that pithy phrase these days. But these words were also irreverently buzzing in my brain during San Francisco Opera's sumptuous three-hour-plus production of Charles Gounod's "Faust" Saturday at the War Memorial Opera House. While these six little words might get to the moral heart of the timeless Faust story, they do not even begin to characterize Gounod's glorious music.