20 Oct 2005
Bartoli again makes foray into rare music
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.
Ronald Blum [Associated Press, 20 October 2005]
NEW YORK - When Cecilia Bartoli sings, notes don't just float out of her mouth. Her body shakes during her coloratura fireworks, as if each sound bubbled up, like lava escaping a volcano.