15 Jun 2010
Denyce Graves at Strathmore: Living -- if not singing -- up to her image
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 Anne Midgette [Washington Post, 15 June 2010]
The persona of a full-blown opera superstar took the stage at Strathmore on Sunday night. It took the form of Denyce Graves, Washington's favorite hometown mezzo-soprano, flatteringly lit with pink gels and side banks of lights shining into the audience's eyes.