06 Aug 2010
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, 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, 6 August 2010]
Contrary to popular belief, flags are not waved every night through the BBC Proms season. It took one patriotic soul to go it alone on Tuesday and hold a Scottish flag proudly aloft to herald the arrival of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for the first of its visits south of the border this year to the Proms.