20 Sep 2005
Don Carlos, WMC, Cardiff
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, 20 September 2005]
Welsh National Opera has begun its first full season at the Wales Millennium Centre with Don Carlos, using a text as complete as anyone could wish. That means inserting the parts Verdi cut, for reasons of expediency, during rehearsals for the 1867 Paris premiere, and which lay unperformed until Andrew Porter discovered them in the Opéra’s archive a century later.