29 Jul 2008
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 29 July 2008]
Salzburg treats Don Giovanni in the same way that Mozart's protagonist treats women. There's an insatiable lust - the festival has gone through five productions in the past 20 years - but each is quickly discarded. That's not surprising. In spite of importing the best talent money can buy, the composer's birthplace has seen a poor run of interpretations.