11 Feb 2008
Grief and loathing in Lombardy
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.
DAVID STABLER [The Oregonian, 11 February 2008]
When George Frideric Handel wrote a tune, he wasn't kidding. His music pours out in a stream of charms, boasts, snorts, bluffs and laments. It's exquisite stuff -- theatrical, fierce, the opposite of aloof.