11 Feb 2007
All the Rage: 'Otello,' 'Die Walkure' and Pianists Par Excellence
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 Tim Page [Washington Post, 11 February 2007]
Placido Domingo continues to astound. The tenor is now 66 and still adding roles to his repertory (he recently agreed to take on the baritone role in Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra"). Happily for Washington, we are going to have a second chance to hear Domingo in a role he has sung here before -- that of Siegmund in Wagner's "Die Walkure."