21 Mar 2006
Henze premiere/Hallé/De Ridder
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.
Alfred Hickling [The Guardian, 21 March 2006]
Fun is not a word you immediately associate with Hans Werner Henze. Profundity, yes; genius, certainly. But having fun never seemed to figure much on this composer's scale.