09 Apr 2006
The Finnish Soprano Soile Isokoski Returns for New York Dates
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 [NY Times, 9 April 2006]
A DISCIPLE of Maria Callas, la Divina? Who would have suspected?
The soprano Soile Isokoski, a preacher's daughter from rural Finland, is not the glamorous type. Onstage and off, her body language retains its rustic accent. Her Nordic timbre — true, clear silver — has nothing to do with Callas's thousand hues of smoke and fire. Of the roles in her eclectic repertory (Mozart and Richard Strauss, light Wagner, gentle Verdi, unfashionable French), none are associated with Callas.