08 Oct 2005
The Carmelites at ENO
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 Robert Thicknesse at Coliseum [Times Online, 7 October 2005]
Nearly 50 years on, Francis Poulenc’s great opera of faith, fear and death is still the most recent in the regular rep but it has already gained undreamt-of resonances: religious martyrdom no longer seems so innocent as in Georges Bernanos’s anti-Robespierrean play.