23rd November 2016
I am delighted to have been offered a place on the English National Opera's training scheme for young artists, the ENO Opera Works scheme, which gives talented singers further training and support as they begin their professional careers. I will supported by a Help Musicians UK Career Development Bursary, for which I am incredibly grateful. You can read more about the scheme here.
26th April 2016
I am thrilled to announce that I am one of this year's winners of the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists (AYCA). This scheme subsidises my performance fee so that amateur music groups can engage me for their concerts. They get a high quality soloist, and I get valuable performance experience and opportunities to raise my profile around the country. Everyone's a winner! For more details on how the scheme, or to book me as an artist, please follow the link here.
25th February 2016
I was on my way to an audition in London when I received a phone call from the Berlin State Opera - "Ms Papadakis, are you free tomorrow?" They were in the middle of a run of several performances of an obscure opera called Le vin herbé by Frank Martin, another version of the Tristan and Isolde story. The soprano singing the role of Branghien was sick, and I knew the role, having sung it in a production in London six years previously. So, I cleared my diary, and was flown to Berlin at less than 24 hours to stand in!
21st November 2015
The reviews are out for Biedermann and the Arsonists. Enjoy!
The Stage **** "Alinka Kozari and Raphaela Papadakis also give striking performances as Babette and the Biedermanns’ maid Anna."
Classical Source "Raphaela Papadakis injected Susanna-style impatience and brio into the role of the put-upon maid Anna."
What's On Stage "There are two first-rate sopranos: Alinka Kozári as an underwritten Frau Biedermann and Raphaela Papadakis, who gets the evening's best moments of visual comedy in her reaction work as Anna, the maid."
Seen and Heard International "Raphaela Papadakis was a perfect comic foil as the increasingly exasperated housekeeper, Anna, and sang beautifully."
Robert Hugill "Raphaela Papadakis was priceless as the put upon maid Anna, a perfect give (sic) of a part which she certainly knew what to do with."
The Guardian ****
20th September 2015
I am delighted to announce that I have been made a City Music Foundation Artist for 2015-17. This wonderful foundation supports young artists as they transition from music college to successful professional careers. Have a read about what they do on their website here, and watch this space for more exciting news!
15th September 2015
1st April 2015
I am thrilled to be able to tell you that I have won 1st Prize at the National Mozart Competition. There were over sixty entrants, which was whittled down to sixteen semi-finalists and then just four finalists. For the final we each sang a 20 minute programme of our favourite songs and arias, including one piece by Mozart. My pianist William Vann and I performed a programme of Britten, Schumann, and Mozart, finishing with a couple of Schoenberg’s Cabaret Songs. It was held at the Amadeus Centre in London, and it was a lovely occasion, with a very appreciative audience!
15th March 2015
I have been selected to take part in the Singers' Program at the prestigious Ravinia Festival Stean’s Music Institute in Chicago. I will be there for three weeks this summer, participating in masterclasses and recitals as part of the festival’s summer concert schedule. The program is focused entirely on the song recital repertoire, and I will have the enormous privilege of working closely with a resident faculty of inspiring teachers and musicians from all over the world. www.ravinia.org/singers
19th February 2015
My pianist James Sherlock and I competed in the Das Lied International Song competition in Berlin in February, and were very pleased to make it through to the semi-finals. But we were even more delighted when James was awarded the Pianist's Prize! It was a wonderful experience, and I feel very privileged to work with such a talented and lovely man.
1st January 2015
I was lucky enough to meet Václav Klaus, the former president of the Czech Republic, at my recent performance as Maria in West Side Story with conductor Jan Talich and his orchestra at Prague Castle.
25th September 2014
I have just made my professional début in the Czech Republic, singing Maria in extracts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story with tenor Adam Sullivan (Tony), conductor Jan Talich and the South Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in České Budějovice.
12th September 2014
I am very excited to announce that I will be sponsored by JM Finn & Co for the academic year 2014/15. JM Finn & Co have kindly supported me from the very beginning of my studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and I am thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to continue and develop this relationship. Watch this space!
7th June 2014
My Postgraduate Voice Fellowship from Independent Opera 2013/14 has been renewed for the forthcoming academic year. The scheme offers financial support to artists at the beginning of their operatic careers, as well as invaluable career advice and mentoring. I am very grateful to them for their continued support!
7th May 2014
I have just won the 2nd prize at the AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2014. The judges were Judith Hildesley, Jean Hornbuckle, John Lofthouse and Jane Roberson. I sang a programme of songs by Julian Philips, Britten and Barber on the theme “Nature is what we see – An Amherst Bestiary and other animals” accompanied by my brilliant pianist Ceri Owen.
9th November 2013
I am very excited to announce that I am the winner of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013, which took place at the Wigmore Hall on the 8th November 2013. The judges were Saffron von Zwanenberg, Dame Felicity Lott, Ian Partridge CBE, and Malcolm Martineau. I sang a programme of Handel, Schumann, Wishart and Schoenberg with my wonderful pianist Catherine Norton.
12th August 2013
On the 23rd January 2014 I will be making my Carnegie Hall song recital début alongside baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist James Sherlock. I will perform Poulenc’s Fiançailles pour rire, a selection from Julian Philip’s An Amherst Bestiary and some of the Brettl-Lieder by Schoenberg, as well as duets by Mendelssohn and Britten.
11th September 2012
I am on a CD! It is called Schubert Lieder Year by Year, and is presented by the Oxford Lieder Festival in anticipation of their 2014 Schubert Project, where they will perform every single Schubert song. This CD is Oxford Lieder’s first studio recording, and features one song from each year of Schubert’s composing life. I sing alongside world class singers such as Mary Bevan, James Gilchrist and Marcus Farnsworth, all accompanied by the brilliant Sholto Kynoch. You can buy the CD here - http://stonerecords.co.uk/album/schubert-lieder-year-by-year/
15th March 2012
I was very lucky to reach the final of the London Handel Festival 2012 where I won the inaugural York Early Music Festival Prize, joint with mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkeyvch. I performed arias with Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra, led by Adrian Butterfield, to a packed out audience at St Georges Hannover Square.