10 Apr 2006
'Norma': Bravura Coloratura
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.
Grace Jean [Washington Post, 10 April 2006]
The most delightful moments in the Virginia Opera's scrupulous production of Bellini's "Norma" on Friday night at George Mason University arrived when the voices of the title character and her unwitting nemesis twirled together in a colorful burst of song.