27 Mar 2009
Philippe Jaroussky, Purcell Room, 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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 27 March 2009]
Countertenors may be two-a-penny these days, but there is still novelty value in hearing a countertenor in repertoire that until now has never been seen as natural territory: the late 19th-/early 20th-century French mélodie.