22 Feb 2008
Tito Manlio at the Barbican, London
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.
Neil Fisher [Times Online, 21 February 2008]
On the eve of the latest Baroque exhumation in the Barbican, the scholar who oversaw the new edition of Vivaldi's 1718 opera had some advice. “Should you lack the will to delve into the convoluted text,” she wrote in a national newspaper, “have no fear; at this early stage in the history of opera, you can go without.”