06 Nov 2008
Les Indes galantes, Barbican, London
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 5 November 2008]
The period instrument groups are on the brink of middle age. Like many of its rivals, Les Arts Florissants was conceived in the heady days at the end of the 1970s when the period performance movement was young and ambitious and seemed ready to conquer the world, as it began to venture out of its early music enclave.