19 Aug 2007
Art Songs From An Honorary Austrian
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, 17 August 2007]
Thomas Hampson, the famed baritone, may be from Spokane, Washington — but he's sort of an honorary Austrian, having lived in this country for years. He has also been a fixture at the Salzburg Festival. This year, he is not appearing in an opera, even though one of his best roles is in play: Onegin. But, on Tuesday night, he did sing a recital of German art songs — something else he does quite well.