19 Aug 2006
Lorenzo Da Ponte: The Adventures of Mozart's Librettist in the Old and New Worlds
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.
MEGAN MARSHALL [The Scotsman, 19 August 2006]
ORCHESTRAS, OPERA COMPANIES AS well as chamber groups and solo pianists have been celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday all year, but surprisingly few writers have aimed to capitalise on the surge of interest in the composer considered by many to be music's greatest genius.