21 Dec 2005
This Barber is a cut above
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 21 December 2005]
Rupert Christiansen reviews Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera in Covent Garden
The Royal Opera's cheerful and colourful new production of Rossini's most popular work is a copper-bottomed hit. Its principal virtue is Mark Elder's superb conducting. For wit and polish, his interpretation is on the level of Beecham's or Abbado's, though in other respects his approach is radically different from theirs.