28 Mar 2010
Demanding Macatsoris sends opera singers out to the world's stages prepared.
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 David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 March 2010]
One opera book that will never be written is Christofer Macatsoris’ Sweet-Tempered Guide to Verdi. When the longtime Academy of Vocal Arts music director takes the stage for some tuneful old favorite like Rigoletto, the results can be downright terrifying.