21 Oct 2005
The Queen of Excess
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 21 October 2005]
The phenomenon that is Cecilia Bartoli blew into Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, kicking up the usual fuss. With a Swiss original-instruments group, the Italian mezzo-soprano performed a program of Caldara, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Handel.