15 Oct 2006
Cosi Fan Tutte — Glyndebourne
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.
George Hall [Guardian, 14 October 2006]
One of the most sophisticated games ever played by a composer and librettist with an audience, Mozart's opera was damned as trivial by the 19th century, but steadily came into its own in the 20th, when the cracks that open up and finally shatter the certainties of its two pairs of lovers began to intrigue directors.