04 Nov 2005
The diva who conquered America
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, 3 November 2005]
On the eve of a rare UK appearance, superstar Renée Fleming talks to Rupert Christiansen about fame, neurosis and why there's no opera on 'Oprah'
Renée Fleming is unstoppable. Ten years ago you wouldn't have guessed it - she looked like just another attractive American lyric soprano, with a sterling professionalism that would probably ensure her a medium-paced, medium-profile career. But in 1995 she suddenly changed the pace.