10 May 2010
Juan Diego Flórez, 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, 10 May 2010]
With his star turn in Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment due for a repeat run at the Royal Opera House, Juan Diego Flórez is back in town. He will want to make sure his pealing runs of high Cs are polished up for the opening night and the Peruvian tenor’s warm-up routine included this solo recital with piano accompaniment on Friday.