23 Apr 2006
René Pape, Bass From on High, Adept at Cameos and Star Turns
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 MATTHEW GUREWITSCH [New York Times, 23 April 2006]
THE meeting place was a restaurant popular with performers, tucked away in a middle-class residential area handy to several theaters, unknown to the fashionable set. The German bass René Pape was reading reviews of a new production of Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" at the Staatsoper. At the premiere, two nights before, he had made his debut in the title role of the conscience-stricken czar.