20 Jan 2006
Theatre of Voices — Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall, Oxford
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.
Tom Service [The Guardian, 20 January 2006]
Theatre of Voices's performance of Stockhausen's meditative masterpiece Stimmung began as a ritualised processional: the six singers, resplendent in suits of white and beige walked onto stage to sit round a table in whose centre shone a glowing orb. The atmosphere was that of a weird musical seance as they bowed to each other and intoned the single, hypnotic chord that would underpin the 90-minute performance.