20 Mar 2006
Onward and Upward With the Opera
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.
WNO 'Golden Gala' Hits the High Notes
By Tim Page [Washington Post, 20 March 2006]
It is almost half a century since the troupe now known as the Washington National Opera presented its first performance, and almost 10 since Placido Domingo, tenor extraordinaire and lately WNO's general director, came to the company. A celebration was clearly in order and -- last night at the Kennedy Center Opera House -- a cast of great singers, a bespangled audience and no fewer than three Supreme Court justices were on hand to make it happen.