01 Dec 2005
Boston Symphony/ Hunt Lieberson, Carnegie Hall
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 Martin Bernheimer[Financial Times, 1 December 2005]
As James Levine begins his second season on the podium of the Boston Symphony, the signs of a happy honeymoon linger. The conductor, whose beat has shrunk to Monteux- Reiner proportions, seems content to lead the orchestra, not the audience. The results invariably soar with equal parts passion and precision.