27 Sep 2011
The Bostridge Project, Wigmore Hall, 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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 27 September 2011]
As a concert series showcasing the versatility of a well-known but sometimes typecast artist, the Bostridge project seems a good idea. You can hear Ian Bostridge in Schubert and Britten as often as you like, in many different places, but only in a curated series such as this, in front of “his” devoted Wigmore public, can you hear him sing rarely performed secular cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti and Handel.