20 Oct 2005
Dido and Aeneas, Majestic Theatre, Boston
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.
[Aeneas und Dido by Honoré Daumier, 1842]
By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 20 October 2005]
The three witches sport slinky mermaid dresses and carry pink buckets and spades. The chorus has beach balls; the First Sailor splashes in with a surfboard. The stage is one vast, shimmering pool. Dido, alone on her craggy island, broods her way towards inevitable tragedy.