Award winning British soprano Raphaela Papadakis is establishing herself on the musical scene as a captivating performer with an eclectic and wide ranging repertoire. In the 2016/17 season, she made both her Glyndebourne and Grimeborn débuts with Cavalli and Puccini respectively, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 singing French chamber music repertoire at the Roman River Festival, and played the role of her favourite city London in a new work commissioned by Temple Church to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, And London Burned by Matt Rogers. She is currently a City Music Foundation Artist, with whom her work will culminate this November in a performance of a double bill of contemporary operas, Unknown Position by Kate Whitley and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Michael Nyman at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Raphaela’s recent operatic work has seen her uncover unknown baroque repertoire, Cavalli's Hipermestra at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Porpora's L'Agrippina with Barber Opera, explore contemporary repertoire, Noah Mosley's Mad King Suibhne at Bury Court Opera and Simon Voseček's Biedermann and the Arsonists with Independent Opera, and understudy roles at the Royal Opera House and at the Berlin Staatsoper. During her studies, she played Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the Guildhall School, Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Woodhouse Opera and Gretel Hansel and Gretel for Clonter Opera. Her next project sees her exploring the character of Mozart’s Susanna with Metta Theatre and composer Ollie Brignall at the V&A Museum in London, in Roles, a production which will take place as part of the Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition.
Since her Carnegie Hall song recital début in 2014, Raphaela has been an Artist in Residence at the Banff Festival and a Vocal Fellow at the Ravinia Festival Stean’s Music Institute in Chicago. A winner of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists 2016/17, she has appeared in recital at the Barbican Hall, the Roman River Festival, the Internationale Wolf Akademie series in Stuttgart, and the Oxford Lieder Festival, with such wonderful partners as Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson, Tom Poster, Sholto Kynoch and James Cheung, as well as the Navarra, Piatti and Gildas Quartets. She also recorded a selection of Schubert songs with Sholto Kynoch for Schubert Lieder Year by Year, an Oxford Lieder recording released on the Stone Records label. Her other recent concert work includes singing the solos in Haydn’s Creation with Paul McCreesh, and in Kate Whitley’s I am, I say with the Multi-Story Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival, as well as appearing with choral societies around the country singing such repertoire as Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s B Minor Mass.
Whilst at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Raphaela won the National Mozart Competition, the Clonter Opera and Audience Prizes and the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award. Raphaela’s other prizes and awards include 2nd Prize at the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, the Harold Rosenthal Prize awarded by the Guildhall School, and the Finalist’s Prize and the York Early Music Festival Prize at the London Handel Singing Competition. She was a semi-finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Royal Overseas League Competition and the Das Lied International Song Competition, and a finalist for the Susan Chilcott Award. Raphaela is an Internationale Meistersinger Akademie Artist, a Samling Scholar and a Countess of Music Recital Scheme Artist, and held an Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship throughout her studies.
Raphaela’s studies would not have been possible without the generous support of English National Opera, a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Making Music, Independent Opera, JM Finn & Co, The Behrens Foundation, The Williams Gibbs Trust, The Kathleen Trust and Help Musicians UK, for which she is extremely grateful.
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