30 Mar 2006
A soprano stands tall while others sicken and fall
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 David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 March 2006]
Young singers don't generally choose their triumphs; they instead are chosen. For Philadelphia soprano Karen Slack, the choosing came on Saturday's Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast of Verdi's Luisa Miller in a nationwide introduction that was a triumph amid the ruins.