18 Nov 2005
Emotional Torment, With Impulsive Volatility
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 18 November 2005]
For all its scenes of dancing fairies, woodland revels and hapless rustic mortals who fancy themselves tragedians, Britten's "Midsummer Night's Dream" is a disturbing opera. Britten makes you confront the twisted conflicts that lurk just below the surface of Shakespeare's fantastical play.