11 Feb 2006
Bonney/Martineau — St George's, Bristol
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.
Rian Evans [The Guardian, 11 February 2006]
Soprano Barbara Bonney's mastery of the art of lieder has always been much acclaimed, her interpretative instincts matched by a natural, unforced personality and repertoire carefully chosen to offer new perspectives. This recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau had all these facets, so that Bonney fans could have their fix, even if acknowledging that the pure tone that has been her prime characteristic occasionally eluded her.