14 Oct 2005
Fidelio, Barbican Hall, London
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 13 October 2005]
His 80th birthday celebrations are imminent, promising everything from a week-long festival of radio broadcasts to magazine tributes and an anniversary set of rare recordings. But will Charles Mackerras have time to sit down and enjoy any of it?