30 Jan 2006
Mozart 250 — Barbican/St Giles Cripplegate, London
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.
Erica Jeal [The Guardian, 30 January 2006]
Where were Britain's great Mozartians on the composer's 250th birthday? That's right: Salzburg. Or Vienna, or Berlin - anywhere, in fact, but on a London concert platform. On any other day, the four concerts that made up the BBC's Mozart 250 - starting at lunchtime and continuing late into the evening - would have seemed like solid if unadventurous programming. But this was a celebration and, with the big hitters noticeable by their absence, it was critically low on glamour.