10 Feb 2006
Soprano Sylvia McNair switches from opera to cabaret
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: Jamie Cohen)
By TOM DI NARDO [Philadelphia Daily News, 10 February 2006]
American soprano Sylvia McNair soared to stardom 15 years ago through major operatic appearances in Salzburg, London, Paris and at the Met. She has remained one of America's great sopranos and appeared at the opening of the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater in 2001.