29 Aug 2005
Edinburgh reports: slow burn gives sumptuous results
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.
American soprano Christine Brewer tells Rupert Christiansen why it has taken her so long to win international acclaim
[Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2005]
As a popular school music teacher in a small town near St Louis, Christine Brewer sang gospel and folk, held backyard hootenanny parties and spent summer vacations in the chorus of the local opera festival.