31 Mar 2010
Opera's Alice Coote on trousers, English songs
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.
Allan Ulrich [San Francisco Chronicle, 31 March 2010]
Few singers in recent years have beguiled San Francisco audiences as instantly as Alice Coote. The English mezzo-soprano bowed brilliantly at the San Francisco Opera in 2002 as Ruggiero in “Alcina” and returned in 2008, earning comparable acclaim as Idamante in “Idomeneo.” On both occasions, Coote proved an artist of enormous conviction, as well as one of the world’s leading operatic interpreters of women-playing-men, what are called trouser roles.