22 Sep 2005
Maskarade at ROH
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 Tom Service [The Guardian, 21 September 2005]
It has taken 100 years for Carl Nielsen's Maskarade to reach the London stage, and David Pountney's production is a valiant attempt to make a case for the piece that has become Denmark's national opera. It's a staging of sparkling energy and spectacular visual delights.