13 Mar 2006
The Dearly Departed, Lingering This Side of Paradise
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 BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 13 March 2006]
Requiems operate on one side of the grave or the other. Some celebrate arrival in another world. Others depict the difficulties in getting there. The deceased of Fauré's Requiem, for example, are already among the angels, singing sweetly, softly and almost with a sigh of relief. The Verdi Requiem, on the other hand, lingers this side of life and looks reluctantly over the brink.