19 Oct 2006
Theodora, 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, 19 October 2006]
In retrospect, it is clear that Glyndebourne’s unforgettable staging of the oratorio Theodora in the mid-1990s marked a watershed. The Handel revival was already well under way by that point, but here was proof that his neglected works were not just worth hearing – some of them, at least, were masterpieces.