11 Nov 2005
A Sure Thing, Though Not On the High B
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.
[Photo: Marty Umans]
BY JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 11 November 2005]
It was a blockbuster concert, a box-office sure thing: the soprano Deborah Voigt and the tenor Ben Heppner, singing arias and duets. What arias and duets? German ones, of course, for Miss Voigt and Mr. Heppner are two of the most celebrated "German" singers - Wagner singers, more specifically - in the world. (She is an American, he a Canadian.) The concert took place on Wednesday night at Avery Fisher Hall, and the singers' backup band was the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Asher Fisch, an Israeli who is particularly known for opera.