28 Oct 2005
Guaranteed to raise the roof
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.
[Times Online, 28 October 2005] Valencia now has the largest performing arts centre in Spain, reports Neil Fisher
The new opera house in Valencia has some fantastical beasts for company. The coastal city’s science museum, all shiny white teeth and sharp, bony lines, lunges out of the River Turia. The flawless curves of the city’s new IMAX enclose a glistening hemisphere whose perfect reflection in the water creates a giant alien eyeball.