10 Nov 2010
The Seduction of Lovers, Plotted at a Faster Pace
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 Anthony Tommasini [NY Times, 10 November 2010]
The list of significant conductors who have never worked at the Metropolitan Opera grew shorter on Tuesday night, when William Christie made his company debut in Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte,” a revival of Lesley Koenig’s simple, sunny and charming 1996 production. Though Mr. Christie has conducted at leading opera companies in Lyon, Zurich and elsewhere, his major contributions have come from Les Arts Florissants, the early-music ensemble he founded in 1979, based in France.