20 Aug 2005
Discovering Rossini in Pesaro
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.
Beauty is a moral imperative for many Italians. That can be bemusing for an outsider, not least in the field of opera direction, where decoration tends to take precedence over meaning, and aesthetic gratification over substance.