11 Nov 2009
Baritone Nathan Gunn excels in American repertoire in Cleveland recital
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 Donald Rosenberg [The Plain Dealer, 11 November 2009]
Art song recitals tend to be filled with pieces by the likes of Schubert, Brahms, Faure and other European masters. A vocal concert made up almost entirely of American music falls into the category of exception.