25 Nov 2005
A Powerful Young Voice Slays the MTA
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 25 November 2005]
Imagine if, rather than Siegfried, it was Brunnhilde that was sent to slay the dragon and you will have some idea of the atmosphere surrounding the debut recital of Jennifer Check Tuesday evening. Ms. Check, a former member of the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Development Program, won a contest given by the Young Concert Artists organization, the prize for which partially consisted of the opportunity to give a concert at Zankel Hall. But the promoters of this event might have filled more seats had they labeled the evening "Jennifer Versus the MTA!"