03 Apr 2007
National Council Audition Winners Named!
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.
[Metropolitan Opera, 2 April 2007]
Yesterday marked the end of a long and rewarding process for some of today’s top young opera singers as they competed in the Grand Finals Concert of the National Council Auditions. Having made it through district, regional, and semi-final rounds, eleven finalists took to the Met stage to perform two arias of their choice, accompanied by the Met Orchestra conducted by Marco Armiliato.