06 Oct 2005
A Rossini revival enlivens the State Opera repertoire
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 Frank Kuznik [Prague Post, 5 October 2005]
A staging of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is always cause for celebration. The most popular comic opera ever written, Il Barbiere brims with light, lively music, showcase arias and madcap plot turns — all performed at such a rapid clip that there's no time to do anything but laugh at the puns and enjoy the melodies.