17 Nov 2005
Big-time singer who dreams of a smaller voice
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2005]
Nina Stemme has emerged as one of the great dramatic sopranos of her generation. She talks to Rupert Christiansen
You might think that the slightly built, neatly groomed figure standing at the Royal Opera House's stage door was someone sensible in senior management.