18 Mar 2010
Handel Festival: Apollo e Dafne and selected arias
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 Alexandra Coghlan [MusicalCriticism.com, 18 March 2010]
Lucy CroweThere seems to be something of a curse blighting London’s tenors at the moment; hot on the heels of Domingo’s withdrawal from Tamerlano we had both John Tessier and his understudy unable to perform in ENO’s Elixir (resulting in a polyglot performance, with guest tenor Edgaras Montvidas singing in Italian while the rest of the cast continued in English), and last night’s Handel Festival concert continued in this vein with tenor Simon Wall unable to perform.