11 Dec 2007
A King's Christmas
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, 11 December 2007]
Within the space of a week, New York heard the two most renowned a cappella groups in the world: Chanticleer and the King's Singers. The former is a 12-man ensemble from San Francisco; the latter is a six-man ensemble from England (King's College, Cambridge). They both sang Christmas programs, Chanticleer at the Metropolitan Museum, and the King's Singers at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, not too far from the museum.