16 Sep 2006
A 'King,' a 'Messiah' and a conductor
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.
Allan Ulrich [SF Chronicle, 17 September 2006]
(09-17) 04:00 PDT London -- So how do you like your early music served? Do you enjoy it on period instruments, which means lean textures, no string vibrato, valveless brass, lowered pitch? Or perhaps you prefer modern instruments playing at contemporary pitches, making robust sounds that soothe the ear. No need to choose. With Jane Glover on hand, you can have it both ways. She is the ideal incarnation of a podium switch hitter in the ongoing musical game of ancient versus modern.