11 Dec 2007
Kwiecien's vocal blasts give songs a pummeling
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.
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 11 December 2007]
Mariusz Kwiecien cemented his hold on the imagination of local listeners in June with his dark, dynamic portrait of Don Giovanni, a signature role. But for his Berkeley recital on Sunday, the Polish baritone seemed to be drawing inspiration instead from the Commendatore, the mysterious stone statue that comes to life in Mozart's opera.