12 Sep 2006
A Relative Newcomer Makes Her Mark
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 JAY NORDLINGER [New York Sun, 12 September 2006]
Tomorrow night, City Opera will open its season with Handel's "Semele," and in the cast will be Vivica Genaux. Who's she? You will want to make her acquaintance: Ms. Genaux is an Alaska-born — yes, Alaska-born — mezzo-soprano who excels in bel canto and Baroque.Those who can't get to the New York State Theater should pick up her recent CD from Virgin Classics. On it she sings arias of Handel and Hasse.