18 Feb 2006
Handel & Haydn Society presents musical salute to Mozart at 250
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.
(Photo: Michael Slobodian)
By Keith Powers [Boston Herald, 18 February 2006]
Mozart birthday celebrations are everywhere - have you heard?
This year marks the 250th celebration of his birth. While most groups are satisfied to trot out a concerto or a wind trio to celebrate, the Handel & Haydn Society decided to do it right last night at Symphony Hall, with an all-Mozart program of arias and choruses from his operas “Idomeneo” and “Magic Flute,” as well as incidental music from “Thamos, King of Egypt” and a modern-day premiere of music from a lost ballet, “Ascanio in Alba.”