20 Feb 2008
Giulio Cesare, Amsterdam
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.
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 20 February 2008]
Since the stir caused by his invigorating recordings of Mozart’s operas there has been a keen following whenever René Jacobs appears in the opera house. For these performances of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, shared between Brussels and Amsterdam, he has brought the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra with him for a few weeks in the frosty north.