25 Oct 2005
Loud and clear — Yvonne Kenny wants to break down barriers between the "amplified" generation and opera lovers
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 Robin Usher [The Age, 26 October 2005]
There is something remarkable about the voice of soprano Yvonne Kenny, Australia's best-selling classical artist and a favourite with live audiences. But she believes the way to ensure that people keep going to classical concerts is to break down barriers between the art form and the younger generation.