14 Nov 2005
A Beautiful Singer, a Virtuoso Violinist & an Intrusive Train
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 14 November 2005]
The Swedish soprano Miah Persson is a pretty big deal in Europe, but not very well-known on these shores. That should change in a hurry. Salzburg audiences not only know her, but adore her. For example, she was a smash in last summer's production of "Mitridate" (Mozart). And she was fairly smashing in her recital at Weill Recital Hall on Friday night.