27 Apr 2006
A Mezzo-Soprano in Paradise
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun 27 April 2006]
It was with great anticipation that I headed to Carnegie Hall in May 2001 for a recital by Olga Borodina.At the time, the Russian mezzo-soprano was fast becoming a fan favorite up the street at the Metropolitan Opera, and I expected a huge crowd for this glittering event.