03 Oct 2006
Rare Scarlatti Oratorio Resuscitated in Florence
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 Carlo Vitali [MusicalAmerica.com, 3 October 2006]
FLORENCE, Sept. 15 -- Among the giants of Baroque music prior to Bach and Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725) was probably the most influential and largely quoted composer, although his works are performed less than his successors’. Even during his lifetime, his fine instrumental output was overshadowed by a terrific flood of operas, oratorios, serenatas, cantatas and church music, to say nothing of son Domenico’s success as a creator and a virtuoso on the keyboard.