02 Oct 2005
Taking a Vacation From Valhalla
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.
[Photo: Photo © Joanne Savio]
By Anne Midgette [NY Times, 2 October 2005]
IT is a measure of how highly prized versatility has become in the vocal world that neither of America's two leading sopranos is clearly identified with a single musical area. Deborah Voigt has laid claim to Wagner and Verdi; Renée Fleming, to roles as disparate as Violetta (Verdi) and Rodelinda (Handel). And both, despite notably different voices, are perhaps best designated "Strauss sopranos": Ms. Voigt for her golden shine, Ms. Fleming for her silvery heights.