15 Feb 2006
The Consummate Vocal Recitalist
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: Trevor Leighton)
BY JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 15 February 2006]
Dame Felicity Lott came to Zankel Hall on Monday night, to give a recital. Her recital had a theme - indeed, a title: "Fallen Women and Virtuous Wives."Theme or no theme, title or no title, this was a program of almost 30 disparate songs (including encores), by about 20 different composers. And the program was consummately sung by one of the consummate singers of our time.