06 Apr 2008
A Rising Star in L.A. Opera’s Young Artist Program
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 Laurie Winer [LA Times, 6 April 2008]
When she was born, Angel Joy Blue's father, Sylvester Blue, held her up and noticed that she had a big upper chest and a good pair of lungs. "This is the next Leontyne Price," he said, or at least that's what family lore says he said.