07 Jan 2009
Songs in English were Voigt's biggest treat
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 LARRY FUCHSBERG [Star Tribune, 7 January 2009]
Soprano Deborah Voigt’s Tuesday-evening Schubert Club recital, a master class on communicating with an audience, explored several seldom-visited pockets of the art-song repertory. There were songs in Italian by Giuseppe Verdi (which, alas, lent credence to the view that great opera composers are never great song composers) and by Ottorino Respighi (who, too long represented by his noisy orchestral music, is ripe for rediscovery).