02 Jan 2006
A Self-Confident Diva With a Symphony Orchestra to Contend With
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 2 January 2006]
Concerts by famous opera singers are usually star turns masquerading as musical events. But so intensely involved is Angela Gheorghiu in even the most overripe operatic repertory that her New Year's Eve with the New York Philharmonic ended up more a musical event masquerading as a star turn.