15 Feb 2006
Mozart's `Garden Girl' Has Mad Love, Harnoncourt in Zurich
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 Shirley Apthorp
Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- There is no doubt that ``La Finta Giardiniera,'' written by the 19-year-old Mozart, is weaker than his mature operas like ``Cosi fan Tutte'' or ``Don Giovanni.'' The libretto rambles, the plot is absurd, the arias are full of repeats. So why bother?