03 May 2007
'Billy Budd' showcases a decidedly different opera star
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 Mark Kanny [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3 May 2007]
Nathan Gunn revels in performing the title role of "Billy Budd," the operatic masterpiece by Benjamin Britten that Pittsburgh Opera presents for the first time, starting Sunday afternoon.