06 Oct 2005
Sarah Connolly, St John's, Smith Square, 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 Edward Seckerson [The Independent, 6 October 2005]
There are some voices, some artists - and Sarah Connolly is one - that bring a little bit of the theatre with them when they perform. In Connolly's case, the voice has its own atmosphere. It comes to us from somewhere deep within; there's a concentration, a stillness. She does the heartache well - lost love, love unrequited - and can convey numbness in a sound utterly drained of colour. And there was plenty of opportunity for all that and more in her recital at St John's, Smith Square.