30 Jan 2007
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.
ANDREW CLARK [Financial Times, 29 January 2007]
There are a good few opera singers who make fine recitalists. There are many more who feel naked when addressing an audience without a costume. Perhaps that is why we have had to wait until now to hear Michele Pertusi in recital. He was an admired operatic bass in the 1980s and 1990s, appearing mainly in Rossini and Mozart, at Covent Garden and other leading European houses. But younger singers have usurped his signature roles, and judging by this performance in the Rosenblatt series at St John’s, Smith Square, he is a reluctant recitalist.