23 Sep 2006
La Finta Giardiniera
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.
Tim Ashley [The Guardian, 23 September 2006]
Many will wonder why the Royal Opera is presenting La Finta Giardiniera. Mozart wrote it in 1775 when he was 18. It's no masterpiece, and its appearance seems perverse at a time when major scores such as Idomeneo and Die Entführung aus dem Serial are absent from the company's repertoire.