24 Nov 2005
A Soprano Who Is Immersed in Schumann and Strauss
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 ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 24 November 2005]
Here's the bottom line of any music recital: Is the artist actually saying anything, and do you want to hear him again? There are a number of ways to quantify the answers to these questions: two key distinguishing characteristics, in voice, are technique and expression.