19 Aug 2005
La Clemenza di Tito at Edinburgh
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.
La Clemenza di Tito
Tim Ashley [The Guardian, 18 August 2005]
Concert performances of opera have always provided the international festival with some of its most memorable evenings, and this version of Mozart's great examination of the moral implications of absolute monarchy was no exception. It did, however, highlight one of the format's occasional problems, namely that fine individual interpretations - derived, one suspects, from stagings elsewhere - sometimes don't quite cohere into a satisfactory whole.