20 Apr 2010
Andreas Scholl, Barbican, 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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 20 April 2010]
Even in the 15th century, there were inveterate travellers. Oswald von Wolkenstein (c1376-1445) spent much of his early life exploring the furthest corners of Europe and beyond, from Spain to Tartary, Lithuania to the Holy Land - though his writings leave no mention of travel delays owing to medieval volcanic eruptions.