08 Apr 2009
Countertenor Brings Drama to Works by Bach and Handel
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 James R. Oestreich [NY Times, 2 April 2009]
The English Concert, the respected early-music ensemble from London founded in 1972 by Trevor Pinnock and now directed by Harry Bicket, received top billing at Zankel Hall on Wednesday evening. But to judge from the extended warm reception accorded the countertenor David Daniels before he had sung a note, and the increasingly clamorous ovations that greeted his performances, many listeners were fixated primarily on him.