18 Aug 2008
Opera singer's career comes full circle
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 CHRIS SHULL [Wichita Eagle, 17 August 2008]
International opera sensation Joyce DiDonato began her career in Wichita.
The mezzo-soprano studied music at Wichita State University and earned her first stage credits there. She also sang church gigs and performed concerts around town. She graduated from WSU in 1992, and over the next decade worked diligently to become a consummate singing actress.