05 Dec 2005
Scaling the Heights — Elizabeth Futral
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 Zoe Vandermeer [Classical Singer, December 2005]
Elizabeth Futral—whom a recent reviewer described as: “a real looker, with creamy skin and wild black hair”—continues to impress critics and audiences alike with her terrific theatricality and amazing coloratura abilities. “It’s the voice that smites—the rich, sensual coloratura sound ... ” wrote the same reviewer, describing her singing in the recent Lincoln Center premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s song cycle, Orpheus and Euridice. “Even if she were standing on her head, instead of just being steered around the stage by a corps of dancers, that voice would kill us.” (Marilyn Stacio, Variety)