26 Sep 2005
Damrau, soprano with big future, stars in Met debut
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 Ronald Blum [AP, 26 September 2005]
NEW YORK (AP) — Diana Damrau smiled, giggled and pranced around the stage as her brilliant coloratura filled the Metropolitan Opera House. She needed only a few notes to show she has a big future.
The 34-year-old German soprano made her Met debut Saturday as saucy Zerbinetta in the first performance this season of Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos,” and when she finished her big second-act aria, “Grossmaechtige Prinzessin,” she was rewarded with a 70-second cheering ovation.