21 Oct 2006
Magdalena and the men in her life
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.
Magdalena Kozená is passionate about Mozart, especially when partner Simon Rattle helps out, she tells Neil Fisher [Times Online, 21 October 2006]
It was July 2004, and Magdalena Kozená was making her Proms debut. In the line-up, heartache, tragedy, love and loss: a devastatingly poignant aria by Mozart, Vado, ma dove?, and Vitezslav Novák’s Melancholic Songs — a trademark slice of Bohemia from the Czech mezzo-soprano.