31 Oct 2005
Big ambitions in a small town
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, 31 October 2005]
When the curtain fell on Carlisle Floyd's Susannah in the southern Irish town of Wexford last week, it was hard to predict the embattled heroine's future. Despite her poor background Susannah was attractive enough to stand out in any crowd. But by refusing to conform to small-town standards, she was exposing herself to all sorts of risk. Had she doomed herself to a life of struggle - or opened the gate of opportunity? Floyd, an American who composed the opera 50 years ago, deliberately left the question open.