27 Nov 2005
How the son of Mozart is finally finding a voice
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.
KENNETH WALTON [The Scotsman, 28 November 2005]
'I'M JUST a stupid blonde singer," says Barbara Bonney. I can think of a few divas who measure up to that description, but Bonney is certainly not one of them. The American-born soprano has thrilled opera-house and concert-hall audiences around the world for more than a quarter of a century, particularly through the fresh definition and effortless fluidity she brings to her trademark Mozart interpretations. With 400 songs in her repertoire, almost 100 discs to her name, and 100 concerts to fit into her hectic schedule each year, she remains firmly at the top of a tough profession. This weekend, she brings her engaging style to Edinburgh's Usher Hall.