22 Nov 2005
Dresden's heart reclaimed from the ashes
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.
[Photo: Wiederaufbau Frauenkirche Dresden]
By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 22 November 2005]
Two weeks after its official reopening, visitors still wait patiently in the sleet for a glimpse of the new baroque interior of Dresden's reconstructed Frauenkirche. There is a smattering of tourists, but it is mostly locals who come, to gaze with a wonder that recalls the first Nativity. Unto us a church is born. Again.