22 Mar 2006
Cyrano de Bergerac, Opéra de Montpellier
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 21 March 2006]
Health bulletin: Roberto Alagna is back from illness and singing in French with style. The top may sound a little frayed but his easy diction and mastery of line are as good as ever.