11 May 2006
Contralto enflames the ears
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.
JOHN TERAUDS [Toronto Star, 11 May 2006]
There is nothing more expressive in music than the human voice. But even this knowledge cannot prepare the ear for contralto Ewa Podles.
She was on stage at Roy Thomson Hall last night, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra arrayed behind her and Canadian Opera Company general director Richard Bradshaw on the podium. When she opened her mouth, it sent chills up and down the spine.