25 Aug 2010
Mostly Mozart finale, Avery Fisher Hall, New York
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 Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 25 August 2010]
The Mostly Mozart Festival ended on Friday with an only Mozart concert. It may have promised a bit more than it delivered, but it did end in a reasonable blaze of grandeur.