15 Mar 2006
The high notes of living dangerously
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.
Tenor Rolando Villazón almost became a priest, but the church’s loss is opera’s gain, says Neil Fisher
[Times Online, 11 March 2006]
I love you! I defy you! You’re a bastard!” Rolando Villazón may have spent the last hour of a long day in a Russian lesson, but there’s no denting his enthusiasm for his latest role on stage. The bushy eyebrows twitch with infectious energy, and even his richly coloured speaking voice seems to reach operatic heights when he starts to describe the emotional highs and lows of his latest role: the tragic poet Lensky in Tchaikovksy’s Eugene Onegin. “His life in the opera,” beams Villazón, “is just the way life should be.”