29 Sep 2005
Concert: John Rutter 60th Birthday Gala
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 Neil Fisher [Times Online, 28 September 2005]
Would you invite a guest to your 60th-birthday party if you were worried that they might upstage you? Nor me. But then John Rutter devotees probably don’t think he is upstageable, and they have some pretty powerful reasons to argue their case. Where would so many choirs of Britain and America be without his eminently singable music? What would happen to the classical record industry without his seemingly unshakeable commercial appeal?