13 Aug 2007
Showcasing a Starry Singer
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, 13 August 2007]
On the Salzburg Festival menu this year was an evening of the Italian Baroque — dominated by one work: the Stabat mater of Pergolesi. This evening was to have featured one of the starriest singers on the planet: Anna Netrebko, the Russian soprano. But she canceled at almost the last minute, causing a bit of an uproar in this little town (a hotbed of intrigue, anyway). Ms. Netrebko said, simply, that she had laryngitis. Others were skeptical — and said that she had gone about her cancellation in a shabby way.