10 Jan 2011
NY Phil/Adès/Hampson, 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, 10 January 2011]
The New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert moved in three directions on Thursday. The concert began with hum-along Mozart, the Symphony No. 40, and then surveyed the heartbreak of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. The big news, however, involved a local premiere: Thomas Adès’s In Seven Days.