19 Jun 2005
Renata Scotto — Teacher
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.
You might not expect this city to offer much in the way of advanced training for opera singers, and for 11 months of the year, you would be right. But not in June, when the Renata Scotto Opera Academy takes up residence here at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, inside the shell of a renovated building the locals remember as the Department of Motor Vehicles.