15 Apr 2006
Four- Hundred-Year-Old Music on Today's Music Charts
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.
Peter Zimmermann [Deutsche Welle, 15 April 2006]
While the whole world is celebrating Mozart this year, a Berlin classical music festival took a different approach: Organizers chronicled everything from early German vocal music to Brahms' famous "Requiem."
The 10-day early music festival saw performances of the first German ever opera libretto as well as world premieres of avant-garde music. Nigel North, Hopkinson Smith and Paul O’Dette -- the best lutenists in the world -- played music by the greatest lute player and composer of all time: John Dowland.