01 Feb 2012
Emmerich Smola Prize Awarded
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 Frank Cadenhead [Opera Today, 1 February 2012]
A Swiss soprano and an Australian baritone shared the 20,000 Euro Emmerich Smola Prize awarded on Monday. The Swiss soprano Chiara Skerath, 23, was born in Belgium and trained at the National Conservatory in Paris and the University of Music and Dramatic Arts with Claudia Visca. Baritone Derek Welton, born in Melbourne in 1982, studied at the University of Melbourne and received musical training at the Guildhall School in London.