28 Oct 2005
Toby Spence/Julian Milford at Wigmore 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.
Tim Ashley [The Guardian, 28 October 2005]
It has been a good year for Toby Spence. The handsome young tenor became something of a star at this summer's Edinburgh festival with a startling performance in Benjamin Britten's Curlew River. He delivered an equally brilliant Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute for English National Opera. Finally, we have this Wigmore Hall recital, which also marks him out as an idiosyncratic, if forceful, interpreter of Brahms and Mahler.