28 Dec 2005
Music writers put an ear to the ground
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 FT music critics [Financial Times, 27 December 2005]
The mighty Metropolitan
By Martin Bernheimer
A new year beckons, a year rife, no doubt, with joy and rapture, disappointment and disenchantment. It is always like that in the wonderful, irrational world of opera.