30 Oct 2006
Magdalena Kozená, Barbican 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.
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 30 October 2006]
The operas of Mozart hold such irrepressibly vivid and contrasting arias that it is surprising more singers have not devised concert programmes of them in the past 12 months. Linking one’s star to Mozart’s in his 250th anniversary year was never likely to do anybody any harm.