10 Dec 2005
Students Who Can Sing Like the Pros
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 9 December 2005]
The Manhattan School of Music offers many interesting evenings in the course of the academic year, but none are as eagerly awaited as their signature traversals of operatic rarities. For many years, the MSM has enjoyed a reputation as the most innovative company in town, and I have especially fond memories of a "Le Comte Ory" one season, and a double bill of Gustav Holst's "Savitri" and Leonard Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti" in another.