22 Jan 2006
Music: The fruits of passion
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.
Richard Farnes led Opera North in a pulsating Salomé, and Villazon cut a dash in his debut as Werther.
By Hugh Canning [Times Online, 22 January 2006]
As the Grand Theatre in Leeds undergoes renovation, Opera North is spending the first half of its 2005-06 season giving concert performances and semi-stagings. The programme actually started at the end of last season, when Richard Farnes, the company’s dynamic young music director, conducted thrilling “staged” concerts of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle — with John Tomlinson as the eponymous world- and wife-weary Duke and Sally Burgess as his nosey spouse number four — before taking it into the studio for Chandos’s Opera-in-English series.