21 Oct 2005
Salome, London Coliseum
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 21 October 2005]
In the age of reality television it is easy to assume we have become blasé about domestic sex and violence, but a visit to Salome offers a sharp corrective. As portrayed by Oscar Wilde and Richard Strauss, an evening spent in the company of Herod and family really is something else.