11 Oct 2005
The Barber of Seville at Millennium Centre, Cardiff
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.
Rian Evans [The Guardian, 11 October 2005]
The rickety scaffolding, platforms and steep open staircases that constitute this wooden staging - ostensibly assembled in haste by an 18th-century touring company in an Italian piazza - always looked as if they would be pushed to last a season. In fact, Giles Havergal's Barber of Seville is 21 years old and has done the rounds with Welsh National Opera and others.