17 Mar 2008
The Cliché-Busting Baritone
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, 17 March 2008]
Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday is five years away, but it looks as though the baritone Thomas Hampson is celebrating early. His operatic docket this season includes Verdi operas exclusively — "Macbeth" in San Francisco, "Don Carlo" in Vienna, "La Traviata" in Chicago and Zurich. And he makes his debut as Don Carlo in "Ernani" tonight when the hot-blooded Romantic sizzler returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time since 1985.