17 Sep 2008
John Adams: a composer as clever as he's courageous
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.
Ivan Hewitt [Daily Telegraph, 17 September 2008]
A musician's memoir would probably not be your first choice for light reading, but make an exception for Hallelujah Junction, the memoirs of American composer John Adams, who last year turned 60.