18 Mar 2007
A soprano spreads her wings
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.
Chitra Ramaswamy [Scotsman, 18 March 2007]
SOPRANO Rebecca Nash is talking about the first time she heard an opera. Nash grew up in Melbourne and her mother owned an old vinyl recording of the highlights from Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Whenever Nash returned from school, it would be blasting out of the house. "I remember coming home and thinking 'Oh God, Mum's playing that annoying thing again,'" she says. "Then one day she sat me down and told me the story of Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton and I just felt a connection. Not long after that, my mum arrived home to find me playing it at full volume instead."