17 Mar 2008
St Matthew Passion at the Festival 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.
Neil Fisher [Times Online, 12 March 2008]
Strictly no applause until the very end. A long, long hush when Jesus dies on the Cross. And picnics with folding camping chairs in the Festival Hall foyers during the two-hour lunch interval between betrayal and Crucifixion. This is the Bach Choir at Easter, and it's a distinctly curious experience for the uninitiated.