20 Sep 2005
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.
Andrew Clements [The Guardian, 20 September 2005]
Staging Don Carlos is a great challenge for any opera company, dramatically and financially, but the potential rewards are huge. Welsh National Opera's plans for a production go back a decade; now the company has finally realised them, and the result can be recommended unreservedly.