11 Nov 2010
Wedded With Wit
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 Heidi Waleson [WSJ, 11 November 2010]
New York City Opera's fall-season exploration of modern-family dysfunction continues with Strauss's autobiographical "Intermezzo" (1924), a revival of City Opera's 1999 Leon Major production, starring soprano Mary Dunleavy as the wacky wife. Billed as "a domestic comedy with symphonic interludes," "Intermezzo" is a risky repertoire choice: It's not a toe-tapper, and it requires great orchestral playing.