21 Jul 2011
Sciarrino: Luci Mie Traditrici
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 Clements [Guardian, 21 July 2011]
Sciarrino's opera may be only a little over a decade old, yet this is already the third version of Luci Mie Traditrici, and the second on the Stradivarius label, to appear on disc. Unlike its predecessors, though, this recording comes from stage performances - at last year's Montepulciano festival - and has a dimension of vivid theatricality that makes the others seem strait-laced in comparison.