29 Nov 2005
Kozena and Daniels, Barbican 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.
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 29 November 2005]
The Barbican has hit a winning streak with its "Great Performers" series. No doubt the combined pulling power of Magdalena Kozená - one of opera's hot young properties - and David Daniels could have filled more seats on Friday, but for their programme of mostly Handel this hall was quite big enough.