01 Dec 2005
Rich texture despite tight pocket
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.
John Grant [The Australian, 2 December 2005]
By Rameau. Pinchgut Opera. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, November 30. Bookings: (02) 8256 2222. Until December 5.
THIS small but enterprising company, which mounts just one production a year, has taken on its biggest challenge in presenting this opera-entertainment by France's leading 18th-century composer. Rameau's refined motets, cantatas and keyboard music are better known than his stage works, but this opera, written in 1739 when the composer was a mature 56, is a good place to start.