21 Feb 2007
A Mezzo-Soprano Who’s Determined to Do It Her Way, With or Without Star Turns
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 ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 21 February 2007}
She has been called “a force of nature.” Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, says she has “one of the greatest voices in the history of opera.” The Met’s current program book fetes her as one of the leading divas of our time.