05 Mar 2008
A touch of Callas brought out the best in lyrical tenor
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.
[The Australian, 6 March 2008]
SICILIAN tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano was the most brilliant and sought-after lyric tenor of the 1950s and will long be remembered for the many roles he sang opposite Maria Callas in the opera house as well as the recording studio. Audiences responded immediately to his seductive, openly produced voice, to his natural ebullience and his charismatic stage personality.