07 Oct 2007
The Newest British Flagship
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, 5 October 2007]
Kate Royal is one of the most ballyhooed young singers in the world right now. And, thank goodness, there's something to ballyhoo. She is an English soprano, in her late 20s. She recently graced the cover of Gramophone magazine, a bible of classical-music recordings. She is that kind of singer: a cover girl. In fact, there's a little — I said a little — of Catherine Zeta-Jones in her.