17 Apr 2008
Bringing Out the Big Gunns
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, 17 April 2008]
Nathan Gunn is a baritone, famous for taking his shirt off in opera productions. (He is famous for being a very fine singer and singing actor, too.) Julie Gunn — or “Dr. Julie Gunn,” as she is known in her bio — is his wife and a pianist. They often give recitals together, and they gave one at Zankel Hall on Tuesday night. It was an exceedingly unusual recital.