15 Nov 2007
Mozart's life in letters
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.
The importance of letters to the gregarious Wolfgang and the parallels to be found with his musical writing
Jane Glover [Times Literary Supplement, 14 November 2007]
Mozart learned much of his letter-writing technique from his father. Throughout his childhood, on various lengthy travels across Europe, he observed Leopold writing accounts of their activities and sending them back to Salzburg, first to his friend and landlord Lorenz Hagenauer, and later to his wife Maria Anna, when she and their daughter Nannerl were left at home; to many letters, the growing boy would add postscripts.