12 Dec 2007
Magdalena Kozena: This is what happens to Madonna
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.
Her affair with Simon Rattle put soprano Magdalena Kozena in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. But now it's her singing that counts. By Jasper Rees [Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2007]
Last month Magdalena Kozena, a statuesque, blow-dried blonde Valkyrie in a shimmering turquoise gown, stood on the stage of Barbican Hall and tore into an aria from Handel's oratorio, Ariodante.