17 Jun 2008
Early Music Festival Opens in the Key of DIY
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 Anne Midgette [Washington Post, 17 June 2008]
The early music movement has come a long way in terms of acceptance and understanding, but it still projects a sense of do-it-yourself. The Washington Early Music Festival, which opened its fourth season Sunday night, offers, in this spirit, a nice balance of professionalism and small-scale intimacy. On the one hand, it casts a spotlight on the breadth of early music that has grown up in this area in the last couple of decades -- all of the performers this season (which runs through June 28) are locally based. On the other, it still feels appealingly homemade.