20 Apr 2010
The Fairy Queen at the Wigmore Hall
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 Hilary Finch [Times Online, 21 April 2010]
Conductors who flew in on the day were well and truly trapped under Iceland’s mighty plume of volcanic ash; but throughout London the show somehow went on. Purcell’s The Fairy Queen lost one harpsichord and a baton at Wigmore Hall; but I wonder if the presence of Matthew Halls would have been enough to galvanise this pallid performance from the Retrospect Ensemble in association with the Israeli Barrocade Ensemble.