20 Oct 2005
With Lyric and Dramatic Powers, and Buff to Boot
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 MERMELSTEIN [NY Times, 20 October 2005]
English singers are often seen as vulnerable and even frail. The contralto Kathleen Ferrier and the tenors Peter Pears and Ian Bostridge come to mind. But the notion does not hold for the latest generation of English baritones.