14 Nov 2006
Così fan tutte, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 14 November 2006]
The real draw, especially at the end of a year saturated in Mozart, was meant to be the pianist Stephen Kovacevich’s first attempt at conducting an opera. The Suisse Romande orchestra decided otherwise and forced him out barely a week before the first night. The diplomatic spin was that the parting was amicable.