18 May 2008
René Pape in New York
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 JOEL LOBENTHAL [NY Sun, 15 May 2008]
This Saturday night, German bass René Pape closes out the Metropolitan Opera’s season singing Banquo in Verdi’s “Macbeth,” an interpretation he introduced to New York audiences last week. The following afternoon finds him at Carnegie Hall singing Russian repertory by Mussorgsky with the Met Orchestra led by Valery Gergiev.