18 Jan 2008
Another fine Messiaen
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.
[Guardian, 18 January 2008]
In the run-up to London's year-long Messiaen festival, Andrew Clements celebrates his inimitable music
Even if he had never published a note of his own music, nor laid a hand on a keyboard in public, Olivier Messiaen's influence on the course of music in the second half of the 20th century would still have been indelible.