26 Sep 2005
De Simone rewrites Paisiello
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 Pier Paolo De Martino [Il giornale della musica, 26 September 2005]
'Socrate immaginario', a biting and provocative 'commedia per musica' – the text of which was probably the result of collaboration between an expert librettist the likes of Giovan Battista Lorenzi and the keen intellect of Ferdinando Galiani – returns to the San Carlo Theatre after forty years, thanks to Roberto De Simone, who, as the playbill explains, has edited the music and come up with a 'dramaturgical rewriting' of the opera.