21 Sep 2006
La Serenissima — Queen Elizabeth 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.
Tim Ashley [The Guardian, 20 September 2006]
You can have too much Vivaldi. For all his popularity, he is a trickier composer than might initially appear, astonishing in his melodic and harmonic facility, yet apt to seem samey when heard in quantity. An evening of his music can be cloying, but violinist and enthusiast Adrian Chandler, founder of the period band La Serenissima, has discovered ways of making Vivaldi riveting.