23 Jan 2007
Saving the Song
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.
George Loomis [NY Sun, 23 January 2007]
In January 1994, an array of singers assembled in Carnegie Hall to celebrate Marilyn Horne's 60th birthday. Though any opera house would have envied the talent on hand, these musicians didn't sing opera — they sang songs. Ms. Horne's brilliant career as a mezzo-soprano was far from over, but she had embarked on a new crusade: the song recital. Ms. Horne had recognized a decline in its popularity, and she resolved to do something about it.