24 May 2010
Lufthansa Festival, St John’s, Smith Square, 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, 24 May 2010]
It is 400 years since Monteverdi published his Vespro della Beata Vergine. We do not know when or where it may have been performed, or even by what design the various parts were gathered together, but the Vespers of 1610, as it is commonly known, ranks as one of the first great pillars to be erected in the pantheon of classical music.