31 Mar 2006
Retired opera star returns to Iowa
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 Matt Kelley [Radio Iowa, 30 March 2006]
A retired opera star who won international fame during his long career returns to his alma mater in central Iowa today (Thursday) with the goal of further motivating the next generation of singers. Seventy-one-year-old Sherrill Milnes grew up on a family dairy farm in Illinois and won global acclaim as a baritone after getting his B.A. and master's degrees from Drake University in the 1950s. Milnes says he's coming back to Des Moines to provide something to budding vocalists: "a route, a glimmer of hope, certainly inspiration to these singers and hopefully, a lot of knowledge."