09 Apr 2006
Preview: Il Re Pastore, Linbury Theatre, ROH, London
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.
She's just a sweet transvestite
By Michael Church [Independent, 10 April 2006]
When the American soprano Katie Van Kooten stepped into Angela Gheorghiu's role in the Covent Garden La Rondine last year, people thought this young singer was taking a risk.