09 Feb 2009
Her Season of Puccini on Stage and on Disc
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 BARRYMORE LAURENCE SCHERER [WSJ, 5 February 2009]
‘I am Romanian, but to follow an international career you need to live in an airplane and be all the time in other places than Romania,” says soprano Angela Gheorghiu, following rehearsals at the Metropolitan Opera. “So we have homes in Bucharest, Geneva and Paris, but we live a kind of Gypsy existence.” In fact, a moment earlier she got off her cellphone with her husband, tenor Roberto Alagna, who had just landed at Kennedy Airport — in March he stars in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” double bill.