21 Aug 2007
Kate Royal and Christine Rice, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
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.
[Financial Times, 21 August 2007]
The duo recital ought to be all gain. The audience gets two singers for the price of one. The singers can play complementary personalities. Everyone gets the chance to hear a repertoire that is as rich as it is neglected.