29 Jun 2011
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Barbican, 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, 29 June 2011]
For quite a few years, the Barbican used to fill the hottest weeks of summer with its “Mostly Mozart” series, an idea borrowed from Lincoln Center in New York. The London series has gone now, taking the end-of-season fireworks display over the Barbican lake with it, but this all-Mozart concert by Le Cercle de l’Harmonie stood as a lone reminder.