18 Aug 2005
Cecilia Bartoli in Salzburg
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.
Letter From Salzburg
By Jay Nordlinger [NY Sun, 17 August 2005]
SALZBURG, Austria - About 10 years ago, Cecilia Bartoli was the hottest thing in music (classical division). Now the hype has largely died down, and she is just an ordinary superstar. But of course, there's nothing ordinary about La Bartoli: She is a phenom. And she put in a phenomenal appearance at the Grosses Festspielhaus on Monday night.