28 Mar 2006
Grand Finals Concert at the Met Shows Variety in 5 Young Singers
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 ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 28 March 2006]
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert is partly a showcase for promising young singers and partly the end of a competition that has its early rounds all over the country. This year, in the 52nd such competition, 24 winners of regional rounds came to New York for the semifinals, and 9 made it to the Metropolitan Opera stage to sing two arias each at the finals concert on Sunday afternoon.