08 Aug 2010
Festival Opera plays it safe, soars with '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 Joshua Kosman [San Francisco Chronicle, 8 August 2010]
Festival Opera in Walnut Creek has undertaken a number of adventurous projects over the years, trying new things in either repertoire or approach. The company's new production of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," which opened Saturday night at the Lesher Center for the Arts, isn't one of those.