20 Aug 2005
Renovating The Bolshoi
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.
A leap of faith
Kim Murphy [Weekend Standard, 20-21 August 2005]
The old columns are swaying and, one day, if architects are to be believed, could topple altogether and dump Apollo and his great bronze chariot all over busy Teatralnaya Square.