11 Feb 2008
Bait & Switch
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.
(Photo: Ken Howard)
BY GEORGE LOOMIS [NY Sun, 11 February 2008]
An infrequent New York appearance by the admired mezzo soprano Jennifer Larmore was surely the main draw for many in the audience at Zankel Hall last Thursday evening. So the presence of Ensemble Matheus, a dynamic, up-and-coming French period-instrument band making its American debut under its director, the violinist Jean-Christophe Spinosi, probably came as an unexpected bonus. If the evening had a mild bait-and-switch element, it likely left few complaining.