08 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.
Richard Morrison at St Paul's Cathedral [Times Online, 9 January 2007]
If every concert in 2007 affects me as much as this, I will be an emotional wreck by Christmas. By the time that the male soloists, Philip Langridge and Stephen Roberts, had launched into the last, unutterably sad lines of Wilfred Owen’s poem Strange Meeting — the repeated “Let us sleep now” echoing round the shadowy cathedral like a prayer for grieving souls — my old eyes were moist, and a large lump had somehow lodged itself in my throat.