13 Oct 2005
Haydn's Creation at St David's Hall, Cardiff
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.
Rian Evans [The Guardian, 12 October 2005]
There are too few occasions when proper homage is paid to Joseph Haydn, but this performance of the Creation - arguably his greatest masterpiece - felt just that. In a work in which Haydn's representation of the radiant outburst of light on earth is such a symbolic moment, it was auspicious that Thierry Fischer, principal conductor designate of the BBC Orchestra of Wales, was intent on illuminating the score's highly imaginative and original aspects.