23 Feb 2006
A Journey With Schubert From Restraint to Passion
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.
(Photo: Lisa Kohler)
By ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 23 February 2006]
Philippe Castagner, a tenor who won the Young Concert Artists auditions last year, has popped onto the radar in other connections as well. He has sung small roles at the Metropolitan Opera (having won the company's National Council Auditions in 2002), and in recent months he gave good accounts of himself in a chamber concert with Richard Goode and in Handel's "Messiah" at Carnegie Hall. On Tuesday evening, as part of his Young Concert Artists prize, he made his New York recital debut at Zankel Hall.