10 Jan 2008
Judith Weir: What Tavener and Copland taught me
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 10 January 2008]
As the Barbican prepares a season celebrating the work of Judith Weir, Britain's foremost female composer talks to Ivan Hewett
How many classical composers manage to find a real public, beyond the airless confines of the "new music" world?