21 Oct 2005
La Cenerentola at Glyndebourne
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.
Erica Jeal [The Guardian, 21 October 2005]
Peter Hall's production of Rossini's darkly comic take on Cinderella divided opinion at Glyndebourne this summer. Perhaps its detractors were roused by the fact that Hall had laid out some of his intentions in a programme note - something directors do at their peril. His interpretation may not push many theatrical envelopes, however, as revived by Lynne Hockney for Glyndebourne on Tour, what emerges is something timeless, and old-fashioned in the best sense. Crucially, the music sparkles thanks to Edward Gardner's detailed and vivid conducting.