18 Nov 2010
CIM Opera Theater savors the riches in Handel's "Xerxes"
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 Donald Rosenberg [The Plain Dealer, 18 November 2010]
Not even the most sophisticated global positioning system could help an opera-goer navigate the twists and turns in the plot that's squeezed into Handel's "Xerxes," a comic work with serious undertones.