10 Dec 2005
La Scala after the storm is battered but still beautiful
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 9 December 2005]
In his great act two aria "Fuor del mar" (Free of the sea) Idomeneo reflects on his escape from the clutches of Neptune - only to recognise that the price of survival is a more dreadful storm, this time moral and psycho-logical. The aria, handsomely sung on Wednesday by the Australian tenor Steve Davislim at the opening of the 2005-06 season at La Scala Milan, comes at halfway point in Mozart's Idomeneo, by which time you know whether you are in a good performance or a bad one.