12 Apr 2006
Solomon, Barbican 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.
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 12 April 2006]
Handel was not only the composer of the Messiah, most popular of all classical music works at Christmas. He also wrote an unrivalled series of oratorios to be performed during Lent.