11 Feb 2006
Baritone Sings to His Strong Suit of English Art Songs
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 JEREMY EICHLER [NY Times, 11 February 2006]
When the baritone Thomas Meglioranza made his Weill Recital Hall debut in 2003, he gave fine performances of Schumann and Debussy, but the works that best conveyed his strengths were the English-language songs by Jorge Martín and Marc Blitzstein. Mr. Meglioranza sang these pieces not only with a warm and clear tone, but also with a crystalline diction that afforded the listener a rare directness of contact with the chosen poems and lyrics.