02 Oct 2005
Cecilia Bartoli goes to the source: 'Forbidden Opera'
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.
CELEBRATED MEZZO-SOPRANO CHAMPIONS OFT-IGNORED MUSIC
By Richard Scheinin [Mercury News, 2 October 2005]
Cecilia Bartoli drives a bright red Fiat 500 through the streets of Rome, and will still dance flamenco, a passion from her teenage years, for her closest friends. It isn't a surprise to learn that much about the mezzo-soprano, whose public image is about equal parts glamour and passionate artistry.