04 Dec 2007
Tenor Turns His Focus to the Art of the Song
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY times, 4 December 2007]
Not that many years ago voice buffs in New York who admired the American tenor Matthew Polenzani had to content themselves with hearing him in winning performances of supporting roles at the Metropolitan Opera. For the role of David, for example, the young apprentice to the shoemaker Hans Sachs in Wagner’s “Meistersinger,” the boy-next-door wholesomeness and awkward earnestness of his portrayal, not to mention his handsome singing, were ideal; he was the best David of my experience.