Raphaela Papadakis

London-born soprano Raphaela Papadakis made her professional début at Garsington Opera in 2014, which was singled out as the most attractive solo performance” of the show (Financial Times). Since then, she has performed with the Royal Opera House (cover Nymph, Orfeo), Independent Opera (Anna, Biedermann and the Arsonists), and the Berlin State Opera (cover Branghien, Le vin herbé). She recently played the role of London in And London Burned by Matt Rogers, commissioned by the Temple Church to commemorate the Great Fire of London, and created the roles of Woman at the Well and the Lady Étaín for Bury Court Opera’s latest new commission, Mad King Suibhne, by Noah Mosley.

A Samling and City Music Foundation Artist, Raphaela made her recital début at Carnegie Hall following an Artist Residency at the Banff Centre, Canada. She was a Vocal Fellow at the Ravinia Festival, Chicago, and is a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme artist and a Making Music Young Concert Artist. Raphaela is the 1st prize winner of the Mozart Competition, the Clonter Opera and Audience Prizes, and the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award, and a prizewinner at the London Handel Festival Singing Competition.

Raphaela studied at GSMD with Janice Chapman, supported by an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and JM Finn & Co. She holds a first-class degree in English Literature from Cambridge.

Future engagements include Haydn’s Creation with Paul McCreesh, Musetta La bohème for Opera Brava and Black Cat Opera, Orestilla in Porporas L’Agrippina for Barber Opera, a new two-hander play about the women in Puccini’s life called Il letto for Helios Collective at Buxton Opera Festival and Copenhagen Opera Festival, and song recitals around the country with Sholto Kynoch, Tom Poster, and Roger Vignoles.