15 Mar 2006
A Cloudy Night for Stars, but Others Could Shine
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, 15 March 2006]
"Oh, for a Mary Curtis-Verna," a friend of mine is fond of saying. His meaning: not every singer is a star, but some of the journeyman singers of yesteryear — like Ms. Curtis-Verna, a capable soprano — might stack up beautifully in comparison to some of the stars of today.