29 Nov 2005
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Linbury Studio, London
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.
Tim Ashley [The Guardian, 28 November 2005]
"Which dreamed it?" asks Alice at the end of Through the Looking Glass. Many, I suspect, will be pondering the same question at the end of Olivia Fuchs's new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which presents Benjamin Britten's opera as a series of interconnected dreamscapes, yet keeps us in suspense as to who the dreamers really are.