24 Sep 2010
Robert LePage brings Wagner to New York
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 Robert Everett-Green [Globe and Mail, 24 September 2010]
Tenor Richard Croft is inching backward up a 70-degree incline, while singing, on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. One of a dozen computers parked on tables in the nearly empty auditorium controls an interactive projector that makes flames appear to flicker at his feet. Behind the steep surface that juts high above Croft’s head, stagehands grip a cable attached to his belt, trying to keep any slack out of the line as he moves, fly-like, on the wall.