09 Feb 2006
Philadelphia Orchestra/Rattle, Carnegie Hall, NY
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 Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 9 February 2006]
Simon Rattle may be something of a controversial figure on the podium of the Berlin Philharmonic. Stubborn traditionalists apparently resent the fact that he is not Herbert von Karajan, or even Claudio Abbado. But everyone seems to adore Rattle in Philadelphia.