10 Jan 2008
Opera's Switch Hitter
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 GEORGE LOOMIS [NY Sun, 10 January 2008]
Balmy weather might be expected to add to the appeal of a visitor's first trip to New York City, but, for Elina Garanca, it felt like nothing but trouble. The 31-year-old Latvian mezzo soprano, who has excited European audiences from Vienna to London, arrived earlier this week to prepare for her American debut on Saturday evening as Rosina in the Metropolitan Opera's production of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia." Like any conscientious singer, she was less inclined to enjoy the spring-like breezes than concerned with how the fluctuation in temperature would affect her health. "It's gone from minus 10 to plus 17," she said, referring to Celsius degrees, "and I am sensitive to air-conditioning."