28 Oct 2005
Brisk and bracing march through some preposterous plotting
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2005]
Rupert Christiansen reviews the Wexford Festival Opera
Here in Wexford it's the best of times, the worst of times. The best, inasmuch as the opera festival's new artistic director, the American conductor-administrator David Agler, looks like a thoroughly good thing, with a determination to incorporate native talent and sensibly broad ideas on repertory and casting. Agler's first programme gives one of the best seasons for years, and with the complete reconstruction of the old Theatre Royal likely to start sometime in 2006, the long-term outlook is optimistic.