17 Nov 2005
Death, transcendence, beauty
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.
Mezzo-soprano Krista River brings a fresh interpretation to Dvorak in the Florida Orchestra's premiere of the composer's Requiem.
By ROBERT HICKS [St. Petersburg Times, 17 November 2005]
Mezzo-soprano Krista River loves Dvorak.
"I love the sound of the Eastern European influence in his music," she said over the phone from Boston. "I really like his Requiem because I think he depicts a transcendence of death. During some of the most horrific sections of the piece, there is another layer of beauty."