17 Jan 2006
Still rocking us Amadeus
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.
Andrew Crumey [Scotsman, 15 January 2006]
Mozart And His Operas
WOLFGANG Amadeus Mozart was born 250 years ago this month, and a spate of new books marks the anniversary. Given the abundance of new biographies, David Cairns - who won the Whitbread Award for his massive study of Berlioz - opts for a more specialised approach, focusing on Mozart's operas, which have long been regarded by many as his greatest achievement.