13 Dec 2010
Met’s stirring ‘Don Carlo’ a production that should last the next 30 years
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 David Rubin [CNY Café Momus, 13 December 2010]
Don Carlo, Verdi’s sprawling historical drama of doomed love, colonial tyranny, and church-state relations during the Inquisition, based on a poem by Schiller, has been a pivotal opera in the history of the Met over the last 60 years.