17 Mar 2008
Isabel Leonard, Weill Recital Hall
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.
(Photo courtesy of CAMI)
By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER and STEVE SMITH [NY Times, 17 March 2008]
The mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard made a noteworthy Metropolitan Opera debut last fall as Stéphano in “Roméo et Juliette,” demonstrating a lively stage presence and a radiant lyric voice. On Friday she proved that she is also confident on the recital stage, making her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, ably accompanied by the pianist Brian Zeger.