04 Oct 2005
Opera lovers discovering Vivaldi's vigor
His many restless scores have burst onto the scene.
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 David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 2 October 2005]
Antonio Vivaldi's desperate final year was spent far from home, trying to establish himself in Vienna. He was banned from his artistic stronghold in Ferrara because word was out that this ordained priest had a longstanding relationship with his leading soprano.