20 Sep 2010
WNO's 'Opera in the Outfield' event is a family-friendly day with Verdi
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, 20 September 2010]
"Play Ballo!" was the motto of the Washington National Opera on Sunday. On a blazing afternoon, 11,000 people, toting picnic blankets and sunscreen took over Nationals Stadium for the third annual Opera in the Outfield event, a live simulcast on the Jumbotron screen of Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera," broadcast from the Kennedy Center.