26 Jan 2006
Watching the Master Emerge, Circa 2006
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 JAMES R. OESTREICH [NY Times, 26 January 2006]
To say that Mozart’s opera “La Finta Giardiniera” (“The Fake Gardener,” 1775) is remarkable as a work of an 18-year-old grossly understates the case. The makings of the mature master begin to emerge here in abundance.