03 Jan 2011
The Met's New "Traviata"
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 Howard Kissel [Huffington Post, 3 January 2011]
The new production of Verdi's "La Traviata," unveiled New Year's Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, is pretty strenuous -- the singers have to do a lot of running, jumping and gymnastics. Given the Met's new adeptness at marketing, I wouldn't be surprised if they'll soon feature a "Traviata Workout" DVD in their gift shop.