09 Oct 2010
Washington National Opera's edgy new 'Salome'
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 Terry Ponick [Washington Times, 9 October 2010]
WASHINGTON — The Washington National Opera (WNO) debuted its intriguing new Francesca Zambello-led production of Richard Strauss’ Salome this past Thursday evening at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Like the company’s previous production, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, WNO’s Salome, starring famed soprano Deborah Voigt, was as notable for the high quality of its singing as it was for the astoundingly cheap look of its single, budget set.