08 Sep 2008
Antonio Pappano: the unstoppable maestro
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.
Rupert Christiansen [Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2008]
Tonight sees the opening of the Royal Opera's 2008-9 season - a performance of Don Giovanni for which the audience will consist of readers of the Sun who have bought tickets at knock-down prices, subsidised by the Helen Hamlyn Foundation.