02 Mar 2006
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.
(Photo: Sussie Ahlburg)
Hilary Finch at Wigmore Hall [Times Online, 2 March 2006]
Things that go bump in the night, and the dark underside of the Romantic imagination: that’s what obsessed the poet Joseph von Eichendorff. And the musicality of his verse magicked the minds of composers such as Schumann, Brahms and Wolf, all of whom were on show in the recital by the soprano Kate Royal on Tuesday.