02 Sep 2007
Off with the trousers
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.
The Texan opera singer Susan Graham is finally ditching the boys for some real heroines
Neil Fisher [Times Online, 31 August 2007]
Reader, I tried. Somewhere within the singer regularly dubbed America’s favourite mezzo there had to be a lurking insecurity – or at least a lurking indiscretion. But Susan Graham, the striking six-footer from Texas, takes a different approach to the strains of life on the operatic circuit. They all get channelled into her immaculate performances and rich, supple voice; it’s her characters that take the strain.