05 Dec 2006
A Mezzo's Winning Radiance
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 [NY Sun, 5 December 2006]
Next Sunday afternoon, Angelika Kirchschlager, the excellent Austrian mezzo, will give a recital in Alice Tully Hall. But if you can't wait till then, you might want to check out her latest CD, which is a collection of Handel opera arias (on Sony/BMG).There are a million collections of Handel opera arias, of course. But they are very much worth making.