24 Mar 2006
Holzmair/Vignoles — Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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.
Erica Jeal [The Guardian, 24 March 2006]
Opera has always taken second place to lieder for the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair. He seems to find more of an outlet for dramatic expression on the concert platform than many do on stage, and his devoted admirers won't have been disappointed by the communicative energy he brought to bear on this programme of songs by Clara and Robert Schumann. They might, however, have had to admit that his voice itself was sounding a little worn, and that Holzmair might now be better heard in halls with warmer, more singer-friendly acoustics.