26 Apr 2006
Borodina/Abdrazakov, Carnegie Hall, New York
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 Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 26 April 2006]
It was all – until encore time – very poetic, very melancholy, very Russian. Olga Borodina, stellar mezzo-soprano from St Petersburg, joined Ildar Abdrazakov, rising basso from Ufa, for a programme spanning nearly everything from Balakirev to Tchaikovsky. Forget borscht and nuts.