20 Feb 2008
Susan Graham; Wigmore Hall
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.
Hilary Finch [TimesOnline, 13 February 2008]
There's always something fishy about the French. Noël Coward noted it, and Susan Graham sang it, as the perfect encore after an evening of unashamed Francophile indulgence. A London recital by the great American mezzo-soprano is rare. The house was full and expectations were high. And Graham, with her accompanist Malcolm Martineau, offered us 24 songs - and 22 composers. It was an evening of canapés and bonnes bouches, with not a single main course in sight.