24 Jan 2006
Glasgow gets the scale just right
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, 24 January 2006]
The history of Britain's civic culture-palaces these past 30 years is not something UK plc can be proud of. Despite endless tweaking, the Barbican's concert hall in London still looks and sounds like a conference venue. The Wales Millennium Centre was conceived as an opera house but operates like an entertainment emporium. Belfast's Waterfront Hall was built on too grand a scale to serve the needs of the city's orchestra. As for Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, it has the visual and acoustical aura of a hotel.