28 Dec 2009
Decade in review
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 Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 28 December 2009]
Politically and socially, economically and ecologically, the past 10 years have admittedly been pretty ghastly. But musically, it’s hard to look back on the decade of the 2000s (gosh, it’s already over and we never decided what to call it) and feel too downhearted.