07 Nov 2005
Glossy triumph of empty style
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2005]
Rupert Christiansen reviews Madam Butterfly at the Coliseum
Being a great admirer of his films, I had high hopes of the director Anthony Minghella's first foray into opera. And how can anyone seriously fail with a drama as hard-hitting as Puccini's Madam Butterfly, one of the most culturally influential masterpieces of the 20th-century?