16 Dec 2005
Singer's perfect storm — Soprano Dawn Upshaw's sense of adventure draws her to 'El Nino'
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 David Mermelstein [LA Daily News, 16 December 2005]
It's been some time since Schoenberg's scowling mien or Boulez's hard gaze represented the face of new music. The standard-bearers today have softer countenances, like John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Simon Rattle. Yet even they fall short of warm and fuzzy.