19 Oct 2005
Variety spices the life of a star soprano
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 David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 October 2005]
Though she moves in the seemingly civilized, congenial world of baroque music, soprano Julianne Baird has faced vehement booing in Belgium, helped change the history of Bach performance in Boston, and landed behind bars in Maryland. At age 50, this blond, sunny warrior from the front lines of the Handel opera revival discusses these things laughingly.