21 Oct 2006
Soprano is a rising star
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.
Shannon Mercer's credits growing
UofT grad appears in Così fan tutte
JOHN TERAUDS [Toronto Star, 21 October 2006]
There's an intensity about Shannon Mercer on stage that is even more powerful in person. She radiates poise and determination well beyond her years during a pre-opera chat at the University of Toronto's Edward Johnson Building.