22 Feb 2007
Goerne/Metzmacher, Wigmore 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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 22 February 2007]
Schubert and Ives were promised for Matthias Goerne’s latest London recital, one of the German baritone’s typically daring programme ideas. Without warning the Ives was dropped. Apparently the idea had not worked as Goerne intended. That took daring too.