08 Apr 2009
Vibrant soprano brings many characters to life
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 Gayle Williams [Herald Tribune, 7 April 2009]
The first of two Artist Series performances by soprano Malinda Haslett with accompanist Lee Dougherty Ross was everything an evening of art song should be — intimate, entertaining and just plain fun. Haslett is more than a superbly talented vocalist. She’s a gifted character actor and storyteller (in German, French, Italian and English!). Of course, this should be considered the norm for a highly trained professional singer of the classical style, but she carries it all off better than most.