17 Nov 2006
Purity conquers passion
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.
Ivan Hewett reviews June Anderson at the Queen Elizabeth Hall [Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2006]
June Anderson, who was standing in for an indisposed Barbara Frittoli, is no rabble-rousing diva. She is something rarer and finer. She is one of the great singers of Italian bel canto of the past 30 years, much talked of, but rarely seen in this country and not much recorded.