13 Jan 2006
For the Young Faces of Opera, a Night to Show Off in Style
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, 13 January 2006]
One thinks of young opera singers in two ways: what they are or what they might be. Being and becoming alternated in the group marching on and off the Alice Tully Hall stage on Wednesday night. This was the so-called Rising Stars Concert put on by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The foundation helps young talent while remembering the eminent American tenor who died in 1975.