26 Jan 2006
A Master With a Mission, Despite Her Personal Trials
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 27 January 2006]
"I'm making you sing a little louder than you're used to, right?" the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne asked, seeming very sympathetic. She was speaking to Kathryn Leemhuis, one of six young singers in her master class at Zankel Hall on Tuesday night. "Well," Ms. Horne continued with good-natured bluntness, "you should get used to it, honey. There is the small time, the medium time and the big time. This is the big time. 'Sing out, Louise!' "