26 May 2010
The Last Superstar Tenor
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 Mermelstein [WSJ, 26 May 2010]
Surely every year is eventful for the seemingly indestructible and certainly indefatigable Plácido Domingo, who, at age 69, will sing the important role of Siegmund in Wagner’s “Die Walküre” beginning Sunday in Los Angeles. But even with 2010 less than halfway over, this year has been one of unusual activity and high drama for Mr. Domingo, the world’s only superstar tenor and a conductor and opera administrator to boot.