24 Apr 2006
Matthias Goerne — 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.
Andrew Clements [Guardian, 24 April 2006]
Some of the great Lieder cycles are regularly sung by both men and women - Mahler's Ruckert Songs and his Kindertotenlieder, for example - but others are more gender specific. Schumann's Dichterliebe, and Schubert's Winterreise and Schöne Müllerin are rarely tackled by women, while the voice embodied in both Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben and Wagner's Wesendonck Songs is so unambiguously female that few men attempt them. By including both of these in his latest recital, then, the baritone Matthias Goerne was clearly sending out a message, though its meaning was hard to define.