03 Apr 2006
Fame at last for the diva in waiting
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.
(Photo: John Purrick)
From James Bone in New York [Times Online, 3 April 2006]
A FORMER waitress became an operatic diva at the weekend with a triumphant debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York that was broadcast to millions around the world.