01 Aug 2006
Alagna’s antics spoil the show
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 31 July 2006]
Look, no Mozart. The Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, to give it its full, indigestible title, featured 18 days of action-packed music- making and managed to ignore the anniversary. It is typical of the festival’s alternative flavour where 80 per cent of concerts are free and the spotlight is shone on musical archaeology with forgotten operas dug out and dusted down.