21 Mar 2006
The Growth of a Tenor Voice Made Plain in Handel Works
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, 21 March 2006]
However often you see him, the tenor Ian Bostridge remains a startling figure on the concert stage: tall and beanpole-skinny, like a Giacometti sculpture come to life, with the presence of an Oxford don. Some singers, when they use a music stand, try to detach themselves from the printed page. Mr. Bostridge, singing Handel arias with the Orchestra of St. Luke's on Sunday afternoon, seemed willingly to read from the music, like a professor giving a lecture, as if telling the audience about coloratura runs rather than, completely, showing them.