07 Oct 2010
Macbeth, Lyric Opera of Chicago
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 George Loomis [Financial Times, 7 October 2010]
For its opening production of the season, Lyric Opera of Chicago followed the oddly fashionable trend of engaging a theatre director with no prior experience in opera. But Barbara Gaines has learnt a thing or two in nearly 25 years at the helm of Chicago Shakespeare Theater and stages Verdi’s Macbeth with few, if any, of the hallmarks of a novice.