15 Feb 2006
The Lewds and the Prudes Offer Much to Sing About
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 ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 15 February 2006]
Felicity Lott's recitals tend to be livelier than most, probably because she doesn't worry much about keeping composers, eras, styles or even languages sorted into strictly defined groups. Her concern, instead, is with larger themes, assembled with songs of all stripes — serious and comic, from the heart of the classical repertory or the periphery. And her programming signature is her way of weaving subsidiary themes through the evening.