27 Sep 2005
A Lithuanian Soprano Creates Her Own Ariadne
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 Anthony Tommasini [NY Times, 27 September 2005]
Since 1993, when she first sang the title role of Richard Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" at the Metropolitan Opera, the soprano Deborah Voigt has pretty much owned the role at the house. But Ms. Voigt has other challenges on the horizon now. So the company brought back its alluring Elijah Moshinsky production of this Strauss favorite on Saturday afternoon with the Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana.