30 Mar 2008
DiDonato’s Secret Ingredient
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, 30 March 2008]
If you heard Joyce DiDonato's New York recital last season, you're not likely to have forgotten it. It was top-of-the-line. The sparkling mezzo-soprano from Kansas gave another one on Wednesday night: in the Rose Theater, under the auspices of Great Performers at Lincoln Center. This, too, was top-of-the-line: at least for the most part.