05 Apr 2007
'Too fat' opera star makes slight return
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.
Charlotte Higgins [Guardian, 4 April 2007]
Deborah Voigt, the soprano who said she was sacked from the Royal Opera for being too fat, is back at Covent Garden this autumn - 68kg lighter.