20 Apr 2007
Beauty Across the Board
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 20 April 2007]
The Finnish soprano Karita Mattila is a sensation on the operatic stage: as Salome, to name only one role. But she is also a sensation on the recital stage, as she proved at Carnegie Hall four years ago. That was a dazzling, foot-stomping event. And she was good on Wednesday night, too, in the same hall.