23 Mar 2010
Il pastor fido at the Royal College of Music
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 Geoff Brown [Times Online, 23 March 2010]
After last year’s anniversary celebrations a passer-by might imagine there to be no Handel stone left unturned. But with Handel’s productivity, that’s impossible. This term, students and postgraduate associates of the Royal College of Music have been blowing off dust from the third version of his pastoral opera Il pastor fido, as produced at Covent Garden in 1734.