02 Nov 2005
Echoes of the superstar castrato
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2005]
Andreas Scholl tells Peter Culshaw how he has been inspired by Handel's favourite singer
It seems Andreas Scholl is no longer a minority taste. For many years now, fans of Baroque music have adored his wonderfully pure counter-tenor voice and outstanding interpretations. But with his appearance at the Last Night of the Proms this year, and the release of a new CD, his appeal appears to have gone mainstream.