24 Jan 2006
A Different Kind of Crossover
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 GEORGE LOOMIS [NY Sun, 24 January 2006]
He has the kind of heartthrob looks that give ticket and record sales that extra boost, but Dmitri Hvorostovsky has steadfastly resisted pressure to cross over into the realm of pop music. The whole concept of crossover, the great Siberian baritone has repeatedly let it be known, leaves him cold. Why divert energy from his ever-expanding repertory of operatic roles or his work on the concert stage?