01 Jun 2007
Opera's Dynamic Duo
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, 1 June 2007]
In the days leading up to the big event, several people asked me, "So, are you going to the Anna Netrebko concert?" They could be forgiven: Wednesday night's concert at Carnegie Hall was a joint showcase for Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. She is the starry, glamorous Russian soprano; he is the starry, glamorous Russian baritone. But Ms. Netrebko is the hottest thing in opera right now: So the concert, in many minds, was "the Anna Netrebko concert." Plus, the lady was making her Carnegie Hall debut.