23 Aug 2010
Idomeneo, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 23 August 2010]
Of all the tributes to Charles Mackerras since his death last month, this concert performance of Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece was probably the most fitting. The edition was as complete as anyone could wish, retaining the ballet music but excluding the arias Mozart cut shortly before the 1781 Munich premiere and did not restore for Vienna in 1786.