17 Oct 2006
Mozart Opera celebration, Royal Opera House, 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, 16 October 2006]
As the Mozart 250th anniversary year nears its end, perhaps it is time to take stock. Have we learnt anything new about Mozart or has the year’s onslaught of performances around the world only reinforced everything that we knew already?