16 Jan 2006
Soprano's versatility sparkled
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 Melinda Bargreen [Seattle Times, 16 January 2006]
Opera fans know to expect lots of surprises in the Act II party scene of "Die Fledermaus," when visiting real-life dignitaries often appear as walk-on "guests" at the Prince's gala soiree. (Gov. Christine Gregoire, who was to appear in just such a role Saturday, canceled because of the state's flooding emergency.)