10 Nov 2005
Andreas Scholl, Symphony Hall, Birmingham
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 Roderic Dunnett [The Independent, 9 November 2005]
Since Alfred Deller restored the countertenor voice to the concert stage, male singers have readily assayed roles once the preserve of the castrato. Farinelli, Guadagni, Rauzzini: these singers lorded it in Baroque opera. Tenducci was a firm favourite in Georgian England, but it was Senesino (Francesco Bernadi) who proved the unchallenged Handel interpreter in the early 1730s.