21 Dec 2006
Quiet & Dignified, If a Bit Dull
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 FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 21 December 2006]
Soprano Julianne Baird is one of the 10 most recorded classical artists in the world today, with over 125 CDs to her credit. But don't feel out of touch if you are not familiar with Ms. Baird, as her art is rather specialized and arcane.