06 Feb 2006
With Soaring Reputation, a Young Tenor Has More to Prove
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 ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 6 February 2006]
When Rolando Villazón made his debut at the Metropolitan Museum in October 2004, his first recital anywhere, he was still a rising young tenor. On Friday evening he returned to the Met's Temple of Dendur as a star, part of a new operatic dream duo with the even more hyped soprano Anna Netrebko, a sellout attraction not only at the other Met, across town, but from Los Angeles to Salzburg.