11 Nov 2007
An Operatic Voice Retuned for Cabaret
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 10 November 2007]
Listening to Patricia Racette sing popular songs at the Neue Galerie on Thursday and recollecting her “Madama Butterfly” this season at the Metropolitan Opera posed the interesting question of where her natural voice lies, or if “natural voice” means anything.