30 Jan 2006
Pros Show the Neophytes How to Stroke an Audience
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 ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 30 January 2006]
The standing ovation began before the concert did. When Marilyn Horne walked onto the stage on Friday night, the audience at Zankel Hall rose to its feet and stayed there, applauding.
"I suppose you've all heard by now," Ms. Horne said, as soon as she could be heard, and paused for effect. "Nathan Lane has laryngitis."