15 Mar 2011
Rodelinda, Royal College of Music, 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.
[Financial Times, 15 March 2011]
It hardly feels two years since the commemorative events marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. Every year seems to be Handel year now: there is hardly any period in the calendar without his music and the newly invigorated London Handel Festival, in its 34th year, has turned the spring into a veritable Handelian open season.